Supporters of new elected president of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi during his inauguration ceremony in Kinshasa. Photo: John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images

The Democratic Republic of the Congo experienced its first peaceful transfer of power since declaring independence from Belgium in 1960, with opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi sworn in as president Thursday after winning a surprise election earlier this month, the AP reports.

The backdrop: Tshisekedi's inauguration comes after more than two turbulent years of election delays. There remain lingering allegations of fraud and suspicions that strongman Joseph Kabila, who served as president for 18 years, cut a deal to make Tshisekedi his successor. Congo's electoral commission declared Tshisekedi the official victor, but the Catholic Church — one of the few trusted institutions in the impoverished and corruption-riddled African country — determined that another opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, was the "clear winner."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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Scoop: Mike Bloomberg's anti-chaos theory

CNN's Anderson Cooper questions Joe Biden last night at a drive-in town hall in Moosic, Pa., outside Scranton. Photo: CNN

Mike Bloomberg's $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue "wall to wall" in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me.

Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden putting away Florida is the most feasible way to head off the national chaos we could have if the outcome of Trump v. Biden remained uncertain long after Election Day.

Biden's hardline Russia reset

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When he talks about Russia, Joe Biden has sounded like Ronald Reagan all summer, setting up a potential Day 1 confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin if Biden were to win.

Why it matters: Biden has promised a forceful response against Russia for both election interference and alleged bounty payments to target American troops in Afghanistan. But being tougher than President Trump could be the easy part. The risk is overdoing it and making diplomacy impossible.