France questions DRC electoral results

France questions DRC electoral results

France questions DRC electoral results

But perhaps most importantly he had the support of the Episcopal Centre of the Congolese Catholic Church, which believes he was the rightful victor of the December 30 election. But an observer mission from the Church's bishops conference (CENCO) told diplomats that its own tallies showed another opposition leader, Martin Fayulu, winning.

The Church has always been pressing for the departure of Kabila, who has ruled the country with an iron fist since 2001, well beyond the limit of his second and final term in December 2016.

Fayulu described the official results as an "electoral coup".

The country is in flux over a thrice-delayed presidential vote, with the announcement of official results now postponed, stoking suspicions of rigging.

The Catholic Church has always been pressing for the departure of President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the country with an iron fist since 2001, and who has stayed in power as caretaker leader even though his second and final elected term ended in December 2016.

"These results have nothing to do with the truth at the ballot box".

"This is not a bad result at all for the ruling party", said Stephanie Wolters, an analyst at the Institute for Security Studies, in South Africa.

The DRC's Catholic Church, he argued, had reached the same conclusion after garnering data from its 40,000 election observers across the country. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

Tshisekedi, who received more than 7 million votes, or 38 per cent, had not been widely considered the leading candidate and is relatively untested.

Tshisekedi's victory was greeted by celebrations at the headquarters of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), the country's oldest and largest opposition party which was founded by his late father, Etienne, a former minister under the late dictator Mobutu Sese Seko who then became an opposition leader and a thorn in Mobutu's side for years. Fayulu received more than 6 million votes, or 34 per cent.

"How long are we going to negotiate results?" He has suggested that the front may have thrown its weight behind Tshisekedi and pushed him to victory. "In 2018, victory won't be stolen from Martin Fayulu". The governing coalition's candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary came in third with more than 4 million votes.

Given that Kabila was reluctant to leave office after the Constitution required that he do so, many believed he would ensure that Shadary was elected.

"It really seems that the declared results. are not consistent with the true results", the minister told France's CNews channel.

A new U.S. Embassy security alert says Congo's electoral commission is soon expected to announce results of the presidential election.

By last night at least four people, including two police officers, had been killed in skirmishes caused by the announcement that Félix Tshisekedi, 55, the opposition leader, had won the election held on December 30.

Many noted that Fayulu's campaign suffered significantly more harassment than Tshisekedi's, and that the latter's rhetoric towards erstwhile enemies underwent a dramatic change in recent days.

Fayulu claimed that election officials helped Tshisekedi to win as part of a deal to protect members of the outgoing Kabila administration.

Kabila has ruled since 2001 in the troubled nation rich in the minerals key to smartphones around the world.

Mineral-rich DRC has been in the grip of a two-year crisis over the succession of Kabila, who announced last year he would finally step down after almost two decades in power.

Opposition presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi casting his ballot in Kinshasa.

Gleeful Tshsekedi supporters in Kinshasa, a lively opposition stronghold, said they were delighted by their candidate's win and happy to see Kabila step down.

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