January 23, 2019:
Robert Palladino, Deputy Spokesperson, BUREAU OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, U.S. Department of State, has issued the following statement:
The United States welcomes the Congolese Constitutional Court’s certification of Felix Tshisekedi as the next President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We are committed to working with the new DRC government.
We encourage the government to include a broad representation of Congo’s political stakeholders and to address reports of electoral irregularities.
Palladino said that The United States salutes the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for their insistence on a peaceful and democratic transfer of power.
We also recognize outgoing President Joseph Kabila’s commitment to becoming the first President in DRC history to cede power peacefully through an electoral process.