Felix Tshisekedi called for national reconciliation while succeeding Joseph Kabila as Democratic Republic of Congo’s president, in a first democratic transfer of power in 59 years of independence.
“We want to build a strong Congo, turned toward its development in peace and security,” he said to thousands of supporters gathering on the lawn of the presidential palace. “A Congo for all, in which everyone has a place.”
The inaugural ceremony was briefly interrupted when Tshisekedi had a spell of dizziness during his inaugural address and had to sit down. However he returned to the podium moments after a brief pause, saying he was exhausted by the election and the emotion of the moment. Some media reported there was a problem of bulletproof vest, being fixed too tight.
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) the searches for the credibility of last weekend’s chaotic presidential election and to justify its decision to cut off Internet access to 80 million citizens in the aftermath.
The delayed election were finally organised to lead to Congo’s first democratic transfer of power, but the vote was marred by logistical problems and accusations from the opposition of fraud.
Initially the electoral commission had been scheduled to publish provisional results on Sunday but soon it changed their positions, and explained that could not be delayed because counting centers are still waiting for more than 80% of local vote tallies.
The opposition says the delay is a sign of fraud behind the scenes. However the regional observers insist the vote went well if taking into consideration the organisational challenges. Domestic monitors, however, have raised concerns about potential irregularities.
The Congo population represents more than 200 tribes. The four largest tribes in the Congo are the Mongo, Luba, Kongo, and Mangbetu-Azonde. Approximately 700 local languages and dialects are spoken on its vast territory. The majority of Congolese speak one of the following languages: Kikongo, Lingala, Tshiluba, Swahili, and French.
According to WorldoMeters the population of the Congo is as follows:
- The current population of the DR Congo is 85,377,780 as of Friday, January 4, 2019, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
- The DR Congo population is equivalent to 1.12% of the total world population.
- The DR Congo ranks number 16 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
- The population density in the DR Congo is 38 per Km2 (99 people per mi2).
- The total land area is 2,267,050 Km2 (875,313 sq. miles)
- 40.7 % of the population is urban (35,305,105 people in 2019)
- The median age in the DR Congo is 16.8 years.
Nigeria’s former vice-president Atiku Abubakar repeated bids for the presidency have excluded a renewal of political landscape in upcoming presidential elections in 2019.
Having failed four times for the top job claims, the 71-year-old political veteran again has been given chance by the main opposition PDP party to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in February’s election.PDP
Abubakar is credited with having a solid network of support which is considered to be matching the level of the challenge, as well some progressive trends due to his backing of education initiatives, including the creation of the high profile American University of Nigeria in Adamawa State.
However Abubakar reputation has been plagued by chronic allegations of corruption, and arguments around conflict of interests between his business and political activities, repelling young electorate from his candidacy as a meaningful alternative to incumbent president.
Abubakar defected and switched back to the PDP in December 2017, alleging the 75-year-old president Buhari of “letting the Nigerian people, and especially our young people, down”.
In September Abubakar called Buhari “uncompromising” and “power drunk” attempting to establish himself as a right man to lead Africa’s biggest economy.