Democratic Republic of Congo witnessed its first ever electoral transition of power on Thursday, though Felix Tshisekedi's presidential inauguration was not without its hiccups. In his first address, he was taken ill.>>
> I invite you to support him, en masse, in the same way you supported me for the past 18 years.>> Tshisekedi's victory in the December 30th election has been marred by accusations that he struck a backroom deal with Kabila to deny victory to other opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu.
That in a country where all previous changes of leadership have been through coups, assassination or rebellion. But Thursday's inauguration is also draped in controversy. A fact shown by the presence of only one foreign head of state, Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta. Nevertheless, Kabila had warm words for his successor on the eve of the ceremony, and even had a shave for the occasion.
Fayulu says, he won with a landslide, a claim backed by the Catholic Church, which had deployed 40,000 election observers. But Congo's highest court has dismissed Fayulu's fraud complaint. And many African and Western countries, wary of unrest being reignited, have recognized Tshisekedi as President.