President Felix Tsisekedi's inauguration
Felix Tshisekedi holds the constitution after being sworn in Thursday as president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Contestation of Election Results in the DR Congo

On the eve of President Felix Tsisekedi’s inauguration, contestation of results continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Opposition parties and civil society movements in Bukavu have called for the annulment of the December 20 election, claiming it was a trap by the ruling Union Sacré coalition.

Moïse Katumbi and Martin Fayulu, who came second and third in the presidential race, have called for Congolese to denounce irregularities they say marred the process.

Some Congolese are divided, while others believe it’s time to turn the page. Civil society organizations have noted that the presidential, parliamentary, municipal, and provincial elections were highly anticipated by the population of South-Kivu, but observers were humiliated and expelled by officials acting contrary to the law.

Civil society groups cite the cancellation of votes for 82 lawmaker aspirants for fraud as proof of a failed electoral process.

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