After protests, Felix Tshisekedi quits DRC opposition unity deal.


Felix Tshisekedi, head of the largest opposition party in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has pulled out of an agreement to field a joint candidate in next month’s crucial presidential elections.
The move on Monday cast serious doubt over whether the opposition can defeat Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the challenger backed by longtime President Joseph Kabila in the December 23 vote.
It came just a day after Tshisekedi signed a pact with six other top opposition figures who chose Martin Fayulu as their single contender after three days of negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva.
But on Monday, Tshisekedi’s Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) party issued a statement which demanded the leader withdraw his signature from the document.
“I gather that the agreement reached in Geneva was not accepted by the grassroots and was rejected by them,” Tshisekedi said in an interview with radio station Top Congo later on Monday.
“As a result, I am withdrawing my signature from this agreement, which we signed yesterday.”

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