The new president of Democratic Republic of Congo , Felix Tshisekedi has called for national reconciliation to take the nation forward.
Tshisekedi, who succeeded Joseph Kabila in Congo’s first transfer of power via an election after 59 years of independence, said the country had long been divided, slowing down its development.
In his address, Tshisekedi called for “a reconciled Congo” following a contentious election that saw him narrowly defeat another opposition leader, Martin Fayulu, and Kabila’s hand-picked successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.
“We want to build a strong Congo, turned toward its development in peace and security,” he said to cheers from thousands of supporters on the lawn of the presidential palace. “A Congo for all, in which everyone has a place.”