Abstract

Abstract:

The long-delayed Congolese presidential elections of 30 December 2018 resulted, by most credible accounts, in a landslide victory for opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, with the candidate backed by the regime of outgoing president Joseph Kabila coming a distant third. Yet a third candidate, Felix Tshisekedi, was announced the winner after he struck a power-sharing deal with Kabila. The massive legislative- and provincial-election victories that were announced for Kabila's supporters—so far without any evidence, as with the presidential results—suggest Tshisekedi's difficult position. This fraudulent outcome was met with lukewarm criticism but eventual acquiescence by foreign powers. Whether this transactional arrangement can survive remains to be seen.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 124-138
Launched on MUSE
2019-07-10
Open Access
No
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