KINSHASA (Reuters) – Furious supporters of the runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election denounced Thursday’s results as a fix, while France said the outcome was at odds with what was seen on the ground.
The electoral commission (CENI) announced around 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) that opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi had won the chaotic Dec. 30 vote, edging ahead of another opposition candidate, businessman Martin Fayulu.
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Fayulu called the results an “electoral coup” engineered by outgoing President Joseph Kabila to deny him the presidency.
Vote tallies collected by Congo’s Catholic church showed Fayulu winning, according to two diplomats briefed on the findings.
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The anger over the results, and particularly the Fayulu camp’s suspicions that Tshisekedi won by cutting a power-sharing deal with Kabila, could cast a cloud over what is meant to be Congo’s first democratic transfer of power in 59 years of independence.
Tshisekedi’s camp has acknowledged contact with Kabila’s representatives since the election but said they were aimed at ensuring a peaceful transition and denied there was a deal.
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The streets of the capital Kinshasa and other major cities appeared calm early on Thursday, but Fayulu supporters vented their frustrations.
“We will never accept this nomination. It’s not a victory for Felix. CENI has appointed him,” said Georges Bingi, a member of Fayulu’s ECIDE party in the eastern city of Goma. “They have stolen the victory of the people. We will not accept it.”
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Fayulu can appeal the results to Congo’s constitutional court but has not yet indicated whether he plans to do so.
By contrast, the campaign of Kabila’s hand-picked candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who finished a distant third, said it accepted CENI’s results.
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“Of course we are not happy as our candidate lost, but the Congolese people have chosen and democracy has triumphed. And we believe...
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