KINSHASA, Congo —Jan 10, 2019— Joyous dancing erupted in the streets of Congo’s capital to celebrate the surprise victory of opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi, who was early Thursday declared winner of the long-delayed, disorganized and controversial presidential election.
“Today I am happy,” said Tshisekedi. “Happy for you, my base (his supporters). Happy for the people of Congo. Everyone is celebrating that there is peace. No one could imagine the scenario where an opposition candidate could be victorious!”
However, rival opposition candidate Martin Fayulu charged the results had been rigged by outgoing President Joseph Kabila who made a backroom deal with Tshisekedi.