KINSHASA – Supporters of a defeated opposition candidate for the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo took to the streets of the capital on Monday to protest the official results while the winner was set to take oath of office later this week after the country’s top court decided to uphold the balloting.
Some of Martin Fayulu’s supporters set tires alight, while others carried a fake coffin that read “Farewell Felix” – in reference to Felix Tshisekedi, who was proclaimed victorious in the Dec. 30 elections – to protest the Constitutional Court’s ruling confirming the vote tally.
“The swearing-in ceremony of the new president is scheduled for this week, but the exact date is yet to be revealed, it can take place Thursday or Friday,” Lydie Omanga, a spokeswoman for the coalition which backed Tshisekedi in the election, told EFE.
However, a source inside Tshisekedi’s Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) said the ceremony was expected to be held on Thursday.
“The ceremony is expected for Thursday,” Augustin Kabuya, a UDPS spokesperson, told EFE.
Tshisekedi, the son of historic opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, won the elections by obtaining 38.57 percent of the vote, compared to Fayulu’s 34.86 percent, according to the results announced by the electoral committee and confirmed by the Constitutional Court on Sunday.
Fayulu called for a manual recount of the vote as he claimed he actually got 61 percent of votes.