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Congo prepares to inaugurate new president from opposition

Congo prepares to inaugurate new president from opposition

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has sworn in Felix Tshisekedi as its first new president in 18 years, despite questions about the credibility of his election victory. "A Congo for all, in which everyone has a place".

A moment of drama came when the newly minted president was taken ill during his speech. His spokesperson later said that his bulletproof vest had been too tight and he had since removed it.

Even as he vowed to work with everyone, his main challenger, Martin Fayulu, maintained he was robbed of the victory in the Saturday, December 30, 2018 polls.

One of Tshisekedi's first tasks will be to appoint a prime minister in a move which will see him sharing power with Kabila's supporters, who hold an overwhelming majority in parliament.

Tshisekedi, wearing a blue suit and dark glasses, took the oath of office before his supporters, government officials and foreign ambassadors.

However, in a sign of lingering doubts about the vote's credibility, Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta was the only foreign head of state present.

The Catholic Church dispatched over 40,000 observers to monitor the elections and according to its tally, Fayulu won by a wide margin, defeating Kabila's protege Emmanuel Shadary and Felix Tshisekedi.

Tshisekedi, 55, is the son of Congo's longtime opposition leader and leads the opposition UDPS party.

Many Congolese say his surprise victory is one the largely untested opposition leader did not earn.

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Fayulu said on the eve of the event that the swearing in of Tshisekedi was like "spitting on the truth". "He's not the president-elect". Kabila's party, astonishingly for having lost the presidency, won three-quarters of the seats in Congo's Senate.

However, many African and Western countries, wary that a dispute could reignite unrest in the volatile central African country, made a decision to recognise Tshisekedi after Congo's highest court dismissed Fayulu's fraud complaints.

"We hope that this will be a real change, especially as he has taken power without bloodshed", said Saddam Kongolo, a member of Tshisekedi's Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS).

He told supporters at a ceremony at the presidential palace in Kinshasa he wanted to build a "reconciled Congo". "He will give children free education and people food", said Nsangaa Tshibula, 39, whose white gown was decked in glittery beads.

In his speech, Tshisekedi paid tribute to his father, referring to him as "president" - a nod to the late leader's declaration of himself as president after losing the disputed 2011 election to Kabila.

Congolese opposition activists fought for years to get Joseph Kabila to do something uncommon among African authoritarians: obey term limits and step down. Three days of ethnic violence last month in the normally peaceful west also killed almost 900 people, according to the United Nations.

"I fear strongly the same system will continue with the new president", Ambongo said, and advised Tshisekedi "not to forget where he comes from".

Al Jazeera's Miller said that Tshisekedi now faces the challenge of uniting the country after a divisive election.


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