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WorldCongo election: Opposition leader Martin Faluyu vows to challenge results in court

01:20  12 january  2019
01:20  12 january  2019 Source:   cnn.com

The Latest: AU urges Congo to suspend final election results

The Latest: AU urges Congo to suspend final election results An African Union statement backed by heads of state is calling on Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final presidential election results because of "serious doubts" about the vote. Congo's constitutional court is set to rule as early as Friday on a challenge filed by the declared runner-up. Martin Fayulu has requested a recount, alleging fraud. The AU statement says heads of state agreed to "urgently dispatch" a high-level delegation to Congo to find "a way out" of the crisis.

The defeated opposition candidate in DR Congo 's presidential election has vowed to challenge the result in court . Martin Fayulu told the BBC the Another opposition candidate, Felix Tshisekedi, was declared the winner amid accusations of a power-sharing deal with the outgoing president.

FILE PHOTO: Martin Fayulu, Congolese joint opposition presidential candidate, talks to His supporters say authorities rigged the result in a deal to protect members of President Joseph Kabila’s outgoing Fayulu’s camp said it would take its case on Saturday morning to Congo ’s highest court .

Congo election: Opposition leader Martin Faluyu vows to challenge results in court© Jerome Delay/AP Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu speaks to the press at his headquarters in Kinshasa, Congo, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019. Fayulu, who came second in the presidential poll behind Felix Tshisekedi, called the results fraudulent. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Congo opposition leader Martin Fayulu said Friday he will challenge the country's election results in court as he accused presidential winner Felix Tshisekedi of taking a "dangerous shortcut to power."

Fayulu told CNN the results from the December 30 vote are "not consistent with the truth" and vowed to go to court Saturday morning in the capital of Kinshasa.

Congo Constitutional Court begins election appeal hearing

Congo Constitutional Court begins election appeal hearing Congo's Constitutional Court has begun hearing an appeal against the official election results lodged by opposition candidate Martin Fayulu. Legal advisers represented both Fayulu and president-elect Felix Tshisekedi at the court Tuesday.

Election challenges . Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu speaks to the press at his headquarters in Kinshasa, Congo , Jan. Lastly there was Tshisekedi, leader of one of the Congo ’s oldest opposition parties, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress. Fayulu and ruling party candidate Shadary can contest the results before the country’s constitutional court , which has 10 days to hear

Democratic Republic of Congo 's electoral commission on Thursday declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi The result sets the stage for Congo ’s first democratic transfer of power, but also Vote tallies by Congo ’s Catholic church (CENCO) showed second-placed opposition candidate Martin

He was widely expected to win the election but suffered a shocking defeat Thursday when the electoral commission for the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced Tshisekedi's victory.

"The results ... that my team compiled show that I won. The results from the Catholic Church show that I was leading in the poll," he told CNN in a phone interview Friday.

"I will be going to the Constitutional Court tomorrow to file a case to recount the ballot, polling station by polling station, and to announce the results in the presence of witnesses."

Fayulu admitted he was not certain the court would grant his request. "I'm not confident with the Constitutional Court, but I have to file the case and I have to push for them to recount," he said. "I want to show the whole world and the Congolese people the evidence that I have won. They don't want somebody to take the victory. They are behind me. They want change."

UN urges DR Congo to respect election outcome

UN urges DR Congo to respect election outcome The UN Security Council on Tuesday called on all players in the Democratic Republic of Congo to respect the outcome of landmark elections as doubt persisted over results announced by election authorities. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); DR Congo opposition leader Martin Fayulu has lodged an appeal at the constitutional court after the election commission declared that Felix Tshisekedi, leader of another opposition group, was the winner.

(KINSHASA, Congo ) — Congo ’s powerful Catholic church challenged the surprise win of opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi in the presidential It was not immediately clear whether Fayulu would challenge the election results in court . Congo ’s constitutional court has 14 days to validate them.

Raila Odinga’s decision will ease concerns about further violence after Uhuru Kenyatta declared winner by 1.4m votes.

In an earlier statement to CNN, Fayulu said Tshisekedi worked in cahoots with outgoing President Joseph Kabila to influence the polls at the "expense of the Congolese people."

"Tshisekedi took a dangerous shortcut to power at the expense of the Congolese people that he pretended to defend," Fayulu said in the statement.

"Kabila couldn't manipulate the polls for his preferred candidate, so he went with Tshisekedi as a Plan B because (he was) seen as manipulable. (There's) no long-term peace and stability with faulty institutions."

Congo election: Opposition leader Martin Faluyu vows to challenge results in court© LUIS TATO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images Felix Tshisekedi in Kinshasa on December 29, 2018.

Besides Tshisekedi and Fayulu, the other contender was former Interior Minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, viewed as Kabila's preferred successor.

An aide for Tshisekedi told CNN that he was not granting any interviews for now, while the Congo information and foreign ministries did not return calls seeking comment.

The Latest: Congo police gather outside electoral commission

The Latest: Congo police gather outside electoral commission Anti-riot police are gathering outside Congo's electoral commission as the country awaits the first results of the presidential election. Several dozen officers are in the quiet street as midnight approaches. Some opposition parties are urging the electoral commission to release results as soon as possible after it delayed the announcement indefinitely on Sunday. The commission is meeting to discuss results that have been compiled so far. Opposition candidates, the Catholic church and international community have urged that the results reflect the will of the Congolese people.

Kinshasa, Congo -- Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has been declared the winner of the long-delayed presidential election , the electoral commission announced early Thursday to the surprise of many, as the vast country braced for possible protests over alleged rigging.

Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has been declared the winner of the long-delayed presidential election It was not immediately clear whether opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, who had pushed hard for Kabila to leave power and vowed to clean up Congo 's widespread corruption

After this week's announcement of the provisional results, Tshisekedi gave a speech thanking Kabila and calling him a "partner of the democratic change in power in our country."

Fayulu maintains that Tshisekedi would be a continuation of the Kabila regime.

"Kabila will be directing everything and will be in charge. Tshisekedi just wants power and has colluded with Kabila against what the Congolese want."

Congo's Catholic Church criticizes outcome

The Congo's Catholic Church also rejected the election results, saying they did not match data collected by its observers. It said it had deployed more than 40,000 observers to polling centers across the country.

"... From the analysis of the elements observed by this mission, we find that the results of the presidential election ... do not correspond to the data," the Catholic group known as the National Episcopal Conference of Congo said in a statement Thursday.

Mixed reaction to election results

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian joined the chorus of observers saying the results did not match what they witnessed during the vote count.

Southern African regional bloc calls emergency Congo election meeting

Southern African regional bloc calls emergency Congo election meeting Southern African regional bloc calls emergency Congo election meeting

Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has been declared the winner of the long-delayed, disorganized and controversial presidential election , in an announcement by the electoral commission early Thursday that surprised many

The result theoretically means the first electoral transfer of power in 59 years of independence in the DRC, but was deeply controversial The church is once again in the spotlight after Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the main opposition party, was named the winner of the 30 December presidential election .

Mixed reactions have followed Tshisekedi's win in the Congo.

While residents in Kinshasa took to the streets to celebrate, Fayulu's supporters who protested Tshisekedi's victory were dispersed by anti-riot police in Goma.

Congo's presidential election results came after nearly two weeks of speculation and reports of irregularities.

If deemed legitimate, it would be the country's first democratic transition of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

Either way, the stage now seems set for the exit of Kabila, who has ruled the resource-rich nation with an iron fist since 2001.

Under the Congo's Constitution, a president can serve only two terms, but Kabila's second term expired in 2016. He had tried to change the constitution to extend his stay in office.

CNN's David McKenzie, Jenni Marsh, Saskya Vandoorne and Bukola Adebayo and journalist Patrick Felix Abely contributed to this report.

African Union urges Congo to suspend final election results.
The African Union continental body has issued a surprise last-minute demand for Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final results of the deeply disputed presidential election. Congo's constitutional court is poised to rule as early as Friday on a challenge filed by the election's declared runner-up. "This is truly incredible," one observer said of the stance by the AU, which often signs off on elections, disputed or not.

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