Democratic Republic of Congo President Tshisekedi re-elected after contested poll

On December 30, 2020, President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo was re-elected with nearly 79% of the vote following a contested presidential election held on December 30, 2020. This marks the country’s first ever peaceful handover of power, from former President Joseph Kabila to Tshisekedi, after 18 years in office. Tshisekedi’s challenger, Martin Fayulu, has denounced the result as fraudulent. Fayulu alleged widespread vote-rigging, and has argued that the election result did not reflect the true will of the people. International election observers have also demonstated differences between voter tallies and the results declared by the election commission, prompting accusations of malpractice. Nevertheless, the deputy head of the African Union’s mission to Congo, former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, has declared that the election process was “massive and very well organised”.

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