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India DRC: Tshisekedi accepts the resignation of the president of the Constitutional Court

08:50  15 july  2020
08:50  15 july  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo (French: [feliks ɑ̃twan tʃisekedi tʃilombo]; born 13 June 1963) is a Congolese politician who has been the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 25 January 2019.

Étienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba (14 December 1932 – 1 February 2017) was a Congolese politician and the leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), the main opposing political party in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ( DRC ).

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The Congolese head of state took note, Tuesday, July 14, of the resignation of the president of the Constitutional Court, Benoît Lwamba. Seven of his colleagues had already taken note of his decision on July 10. However, the latter, who is in Belgium for treatment, still claims not to have resigned.

With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Pascal Mulegwa

The imbroglio at the Constitutional Court continues. It was by a letter addressed to the acting president of the institution that Félix Tshisekedi took note of the resignation of Benoît Lwamba.

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Opponent Martin Fayulu rejects ruling, saying the court has enabled a ‘ constitutional coup d’etat’.

The court went on to declare Tshisekedi as the “ President of the Democratic Republic of Congo by simple majority”. The Financial Times and other foreign media have reported seeing documents that confirm Fayulu as the winner. The influential Roman Catholic Church, which says it deployed 40,000

Proof that for the current head of state this page is definitely turned. According to his relatives, Félix Tshisekedi should even replace him, since Benoît Lwamba had been appointed by Kabila from the constitutional quota of three judges whose appointment is part of the prerogatives of the president.

His lawyer denounces a false

Seven of the eight other judges of the Constitutional Court also took note of the resignation of their president. But for Me Théodore Ngoy, the lawyer of Benoît Lwamba, his resignation letter is a forgery and nothing would justify his replacement: "Why not wait for the president of the court who is in care? If he resigns well, it is a voluntary resignation. In this case, there is no resignation since he has denied his resignation.

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The head of the court , Benedict Lwamba Bindu, went on to declare Tshisekedi as the “ President of the Democratic Republic of Congo by simple majority”. The ruling was considered unsurprising, with the court made up of Kabila’s allies. Hundreds of supporters of Tshisekedi had gathered outside the

Following the judgement by the High Constitutional Court . I congratulate HE. Felix Tshisekedi on his election as President of the DRC . While congratulating all the Congolese, I beseech you to maintain peace and affirm my commitment to furthering our historic and brotherly ties.

While the election results had been contested, Benoît Lwamba had proclaimed the victory of Félix Tshisekedi in the 2018 presidential election. He had been put under sanctions by the United States for corruption and interference with democracy. He, like most other judges of the court, has so far been considered pro-Kabila, even though the court recently ruled once in favor of the new head of state.

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For the entourage of the judge, Benoît Lwamba is victim of a “coup de force” of a president who wants to use the Constitutional Court to gain the upper hand on the Parliament dominated by the Kabila camp.

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