U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Statement By Robert Palladino, Deputy Spokesperson
January 23, 2019
U.S. Response to Constitutional Court Decision in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo
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.
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.