DR Congo’s Tshisekedi sworn in as president
- 24 Jan 2019 --
The new president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, has been sworn into office.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta was the only African head of state, out of 17 invited, to watch the ceremony at the presidential palace in Kinshasa.
President Tshisekedi is taking over from Joseph Kabila in the first peaceful transfer of power in the country in nearly 60 years.
But many still dispute his victory in last month’s presidential election.
Numerous sources say his opponent Martin Faylulu won a landslide victory and has been denied office by a backroom deal between Mr Kabila and Mr Tshisekedi.
The influential Catholic Church, which deployed election observers on voting day, said the official data did not match its own numbers.
Mr Fayulu’s appeal to the Constitutional Court for a vote re-count was rejected, and critics say the body is too close to outgoing President Kabila and lacks independence.
Addressing the nation on Wednesday, Mr Kabila said he had no regrets and called on Congolese citizens to support his successor, who he said could call on him for advice at any time.