DR Congo ushers in new president | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 25, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, January 25, 2019

DR Congo ushers in new president

Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in as president of Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday, marking the country's first-ever peaceful handover of power after chaotic and bitterly-disputed elections.

Tshisekedi took the oath of office before receiving the national flag and a copy of the constitution from outgoing president Joseph Kabila, stepping aside after 18 years at the helm.

A moment of drama was injected into the ceremony when the newly-minted president was taken ill during his speech. After a 12-minute interruption, Tshisekedi returned to the microphone, saying: "A famous president of our country said in his time: 'understand my emotion'."

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