Felix Tshisekedi’s victory was a shock result, after polls that put him 20 points behind the opposition frontrunner Martin Fayulu. Luis Tato-AFP-Getty Images
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The Southern African Development Community on Sunday congratulated President-elect Felix Tshisekedi and the Democratic Republic of Congo for conducting elections in a peaceful manner “despite the security and logistical challenges.”

The 16-nation regional bloc had last week called for a unity government and possible recount.

The group “calls upon all Congolese to accept the outcome, and consolidate democracy and maintain a peaceful and stable environment following the landmark elections.” The body called on “all stakeholders to support the President-elect and his government in maintaining unity, peace and stability; and attaining socio-economic development in DRC (Congo). SADC looks forward to a peaceful transfer of power to the President-elect.”


Tanzania’s President John Magufuli also sent congratulations on Twitter.

“I congratulate HE. Felix Tshisekedi on his election as President of the DRC. While congratulating all the Congolese, I beseech you to maintain peace and affirm my commitment to furthering our historic and brotherly ties,” he wrote.

Meanwhile Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza also congratulated Tshisekedi and the Congolese people on the election result.

“Through a fully organised electoral process without outside influence and the wisdom of President Kabila, Congo has just defended its dignity and sovereignty. #Burundi congratulates the elected President, HE Felix A. Tshisekedi and the step taken by the Congolese people.”

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