DR Congo Electoral Secondary refuses to sit down as a Member of Parliament


Martin Fayulu, the runner-up in the controversial presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said Wednesday he would refuse to take his place as an MP, calling the role inappropriate for someone who calls himself the country's "elected president" ,

Fayulu is following a verbal opposition campaign against the outcome of the December 30 election, which was allegedly rigged.

He was credited with 34.8 percent of the vote against 38.5 percent for his opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi.

"I was elected President of the Republic – I can not resort to being a Member, never!" he told AFP.

"I am the elected President and that is what I hold for myself, I can not be both the elected President and a Member," he said.

A representative of Fayulu confirmed that the deputy had written to the administration of the National Assembly to say, "He will not take his place as a member of the city of Kinshasa."

Fayulu says the outcome of the election was a clash between Tshisekedi and outgoing President Joseph Kabila, who retired after 18 years in power.

He claims he has received around 60 percent of the vote. His claims for damages were reinforced by the powerful Catholic Church, which sent 40,000 election observers, and the European Union.

Abroad and at home, the victory declared by Tshisekedi seems to have been largely accepted due to the bloody history of the country.

His election marked the first peaceful transfer of power since the Democratic Republic of the Congo gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

Nonetheless, 55-year-old Tshisekedi has taken power and is breaking his declared ambition to reform a country marked by corruption and abuse of rights.

He can not enforce his decision for the Prime Minister because Kabila's Common Front for Congo (FCC) has a large majority in the National Assembly, for which elections were held on 30 December.

The FCC has 342 of the 485 seats, while only about 50 are members of the CACH, the bloc that represents Tshisekedi, whose late father Etienne had stood in opposition for 35 years, but never reached the top.

On a visit to Namibia last week, Tshisekedi said he would appoint a "moderator" to form a majority for his election as prime minister, but the FCC dismissed his step.

Tshisekedi was frustrated and declared, "The president I am will not accept being a president who governs but does not rule."