With runner-up Martin Fayulu challenging the result, and the powerful Catholic church and the French also casting doubt on his victory, Tshisekedi is unlikely to have an easy road to power.
There hasn’t been a peaceful transition of power in DRC since the end of Belgian colonial rule – one of the most brutal – in 1960. Violent protests followed rigged elections in 2006 and 2011.
Faced with an angry Kinshasa, UN quickly removed DRC from classification as one of the countries with the worst crises in the world
Kabila’s government fears that if opposition leader Tshisekedi’s body is flown back to the DRC it will become the trigger for opposition protests.
In Beni Territory attacks have led more than 81,000 commercial farmers to abandon their fields and to a total revenue loss of some $1.9 billion.