DRC president announced as victor in election amidst opposition’s accusations of unfairness

Officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have announced that Felix Tshisekedi has won the re-election with an overwhelming majority of nearly 75% of the vote.

The country’s election commission declared on Sunday in the capital city of Kinshasa that Felix Tshisekedi, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has secured his second term in office. However, opposition candidates have criticized the election as being fraudulent.

The head of the national election commission, Denis Kadima, revealed that Tshisekedi won with 73.34% of the vote. The voter turnout for the recent election was reported to be over 43%.

Prior to the announcement of the provisional results, a coalition of the main opposition presidential candidates urged their supporters to demonstrate against the alleged electoral fraud. They strongly condemned the election and demanded fresh elections with a new electoral body, to be scheduled at a mutually agreed-upon date.

Despite these calls for a rerun, the government has rejected the request.

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