Congo’s Tshisekedi Wins Rival’s Backing In Presidential Race | 11/23/2018 | Staff
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NAIROBI (Reuters) – Congolese presidential candidate Vital Kamerhe endorsed rival Felix Tshisekedi on Friday, creating a second opposition bloc that will contest the Dec. 23 election against President Joseph Kabila’s preferred successor.

Tshisekedi, 55, the president of Congo’s largest opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, will stand against opposition leader and businessman Martin Fayulu and former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who is backed by Kabila.

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“I decide today to support Mr. Tshisekedi as the president of Congo,” Kamerhe said at a joint news conference with Tshisekedi in Nairobi to cheers from supporters. “This is the winning ticket.”

Tshisekedi and Kamerhe had agreed on Nov. 11 to support Fayulu in a rare moment of unity for Democratic Republic of Congo’s splintered opposition, whose infighting in recent years has often played into the hands of Kabila.

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That deal ended the next day after scores of Congolese opposition supporters demonstrated in the capital Kinshasa against the choice of former Exxon Mobil manager Fayulu.

An opinion poll in October showed opposition leaders were favored by about 70 percent of voters but Fayulu trailed his rivals on eight percent.

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Tshisekedi led with 36 percent ahead of Kamerhe (17 percent) and Shadary (16 percent).

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