3 Opposition Leaders In DR Congo Declare Nationwide Protest During President Tshisekedi’s Inauguration

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Three opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo have jointly declared a nationwide protest scheduled for Saturday, which coincides with President Félix Tshisekedi’s second-term inauguration.

Recall that the electoral commission reported President Tshisekedi’s victory in last month’s election with 73% of the vote.

However, this outcome faced criticism as a “sham” from multiple opposition candidates, including Moïse Katumbi, who officially secured second place with 18%, Martin Fayulu in third with 5%, and Anzuluni Bembe, who secured 1%.

Allegations of fraud and ballot stuffing have been raised by the opposition leaders, leading to their call for a demonstration on the inauguration day.

Despite the claims, the leading opposition candidates opted not to pursue a legal challenge, and the Constitutional Court has validated Tshisekedi’s victory.