An opposition group in the Democratic Republic of Congo has named Moise Katumbi as its presidential candidate in elections scheduled for November.
The group dubbed G7 announced Katumbi’s candidacy after a meeting in the capital Kinshasa, on Wednesday.
G7 opposition alliance nominates Moise Katumbi as its presidential candidate for 2016 elections— Stephanie Wolters (@wolterssteph) March 30, 2016
The wealthy politician is a former provincial governor of copper rich Katanga province and the owner of TP Mazembe, one of Africa’s most successful football clubs.
The 51-year-old resigned from the ruling People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy in September and criticized alleged efforts by the government to bypass the constitution and delay elections.
Katumbi is a popular figure in Congo and seen as a strong challenger to President Joseph Kabila.
“Katumbi is the strongest competitor that Kabila has at the moment, there is little doubt about that,” https://t.co/pR01Km91Ne— Olivier Kamitatu (@OlivierKamitatu) March 30, 2016