2019 Photo Contest, General News, Stories, 2nd Prize

A Fight for Democracy

Photographer

John Wessels

Agence France-Presse

30 December, 2018

A man casts his vote in Kinshasa, DRC.

Long-delayed general elections to find a successor to President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were finally held on 30 December. The run-up was marked by protests, street rallies and clashes between opposition supporters and police. Elections had been repeatedly postponed since President Kabila’s mandate expired in 2016. The election was won by Felix Tshisekedi, leader of DRC’s largest opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS). The result was disputed by rival parties, but welcomed internationally as the first peaceful transfer of power since Congo’s independence in 1960.

About

John Wessels

John Wessels was born in Johannesburg in 1987. He started his photojournalism career in 2014, whilst working as a Survey Engineer in Maputo, Mozambique. In 2015, he completed ...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/800
Focal length
28 mm
F-Stop
f/5
ISO
320
Camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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