DR Congo opposition picks joint presidential candidate

What you need to know:

  • Martin Fayulu picked as their joint candidate for key and long delayed presidential elections at the end of December when Joseph Kabila stands down.
  • Fayulu will stand against Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, a hardline former interior minister backed by Kabila in the December 23 vote.
  • The choice was a surprise development with Tshisekedi widely regarded as the front runner before the announcement.

Seven opposition leaders from the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday picked little known lawmaker Martin Fayulu as their joint candidate for key and long delayed presidential elections at the end of December when Joseph Kabila stands down after ruling the country for 18 years.

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