DR Congo conducted her general elections on December 30, 2018, and the results have just been released. The early hours before dawn last Thursday heralded the announcement of Felix Tshisekedi as the winner of the elections and President-Elect of the country.

Tshisekedi, who is the son of long term opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi, was declared the winner of the elections by the overseeing body, CENI. In running for the elections, Tshisekedi had spear-headed a coalition of several political parties which had another heavyweight, Vital Karmehe, on their side.

Felix Tshisekedi becomes President-Elect of DRC (qz.com)

His victory came as a surprise as he beat the two major candidates, ruling party coalition candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, and candidate of the Lumuka coalition, Martin Fayulu. This announcement means the time is winding down for the incumbent DRC President, Joseph Kabila, who has been at the helm of affairs for seventeen years.

Felix Tshisekedi is set to be sworn in the next few weeks as the new President of the mineral-rich but poverty-stricken DR Congo.

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