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Assessing the recent elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Friday, February 01, 2019

10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC
20036

On January 9, the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced the results of the country’s long-awaited December 30 national election. To the surprise of virtually all observers, opposition figure Felix Tshisekedi was declared winner with 36.6 percent of the votes, with Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary—the candidate of long-time President Joseph Kabila’s Common Front for Congo (FCC)—coming in third place with 23.8 percent. (In second place was Martin Fayulu, with 34.8 percent.) However, despite losing the presidency, the FCC won a supermajority in both the parliament and the senate, leading many to speculate that the surprising election results were the product of a deal between Kabila and the opposition. With so many questions about the legitimacy of the DRC’s elections—including strong pushback from the African Union—the DRC’s future remains more uncertain than ever.

On February 1, Michael O’Hanlon—senior fellow and director of the Africa Security Initiative at Brookings— led a panel discussion with experts on the results of the DRC’s elections, and the country’s uncertain future ahead.

Questions from the audience followed their conversation.

US and international policy options towards DRC

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