DR CONGO: Jubilant Tshisekedi supporters welcome him home

Jubilant Tshisekedi supporters welcome him home

Ten of thousands of supporters of opposition figure Félix Tshisekedi took to the streets of the capital, Kinshasa, to welcome him back after his trip to Kenya where he announced his candidacy for Congolese president.

He was accompanied by his running mate, Vital Kamerhe.

The two politicians reneged on an agreement – made two weeks ago by six opposition leaders in Geneva, Switzerland – to back a compromise candidate for the 23 December election, saying that their supporters were not happy with businessman Martin Fayulu.

Mr Fayulu, however, retains the backing of former vice-president and warlord, Jean-Pierre Bemba and Moïse Katumbi, the powerful former governor of mineral-rich Katanga province. Both those men were barred from running themselves.

Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary got the nod as the ruling party candidate in the race to replace President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the Democratic Republic Republic of Congo since 2001.

Mr Kabila’s mandate ended in 2016 but he refused to step down, leading to elections being postponed twice.

Under his leadership, the vast central African country has been riven by conflict.

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