Former Prime Minister (2012-2016) of the Democratic Republic of Congo Augustin Matata Ponyo, one of the opposition candidates in the December 20 presidential election, announced his withdrawal in favour of Moïse Katumbi.
This announcement, in a recording posted on his Facebook account, follows discussions held from 13th to 17th November in South Africa between emissaries of five opposition candidates, including MM.
Matata and Katumbi, former governor of the mining province of Katanga.
During the consultations, the delegates of four of them, according to the organizing NGOs, defined criteria for identifying the “ideal common candidate”, likely to give the opposition the best chance against the outgoing president, Félix Tshisekedi, in power since January 2019 and candidate for a second five-year term.
The other two candidates concerned are Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege and MP Delly Sesanga.
The camp that did not adhere to this project is that of Martin Fayulu , unsuccessful candidate in the 2018 elections.