In the Congo won by the opposition candidate, Félix Tshisekedi surprisingly, the presidential election. So he will replace the 17 years of ruling, Joseph Kabila as head of state. The losing side accepts defeat, it would be the first peaceful change of power in the Congo for about 50 years.

The election Commission said on Thursday in Kinshasa, citing the preliminary results, Tshisekedi had get more than 7 million of the 18 million votes cast. On the second place of the second opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu landed, therefore, with over 6 million votes.

the candidate of The government party, Emmanuel ramazani was the photographer Shadary, came just over 4 million votes. For the victory in the presidential election of 30. December was enough for a simple majority.

From left: Tshisekedi, Shadary and Fayulu

The democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the most unstable countries in Africa. Since the end of Belgian colonial rule in 1960, there has never been a peaceful change of power. The presidential election should have taken place according to the Constitution, actually, two years ago. As Kabila, however, refused, as planned, after two terms of office, assign, postponed the elections several times. Protests, however, were bloodily suppressed.

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