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WorldCongo presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu asks court to order election recount

19:20  12 january  2019
19:20  12 january  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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.

The runner - up in Democratic Republic of Congo 's presidential election said on Friday he in fact won a landslide victory with more than 60 percent of votes Though pre- election polls predicted a landslide for Fayulu , a businessman and former manager at Exxon Mobil, the national election board, CENI

The runner - up in Congo 's presidential elections said he would appeal to the ConCourt for a recount as his bloc claimed he won the poll with 61 percent of the vote. "We will go to the Constitutional Court on Saturday (to demand) a recount of the vote," Martin Fayulu told a rally of his supporters.

Congo presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu asks court to order election recount© CAROLINE THIRION/AFP/Getty Images Congolese policemen escort Presidential candidate Martin Fayulu (C) as he is seen leaving with his wife the Constitutional Court with his wife Esther after he filed his appeal to impose a recount of the votes in the presidential election following a suspicion of fraud in Kinshasa on January 12, 2109. - The outcome of DR Congo's tempestuous presidential election appeared to be headed for the courts on January 11 after the poll's runner-up said he would demand a recount. Martin Fayulu, an opposition candidate tipped by pollsters as the likely winner of the December 30 vote and who came in a close second, dismissed the result and announced he will challenge the outcome before the Constitutional Court. (Photo by CAROLINE THIRION / AFP) (Photo credit should read CAROLINE THIRION/AFP/Getty Images)

The runner-up in the Democratic Republic of Congo's disputed presidential election, Martin Fayulu, said Saturday that he had asked the country's Constitutional Court to order a full recount.

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.

Congo runner - up Martin Fayulu announced on Friday he will file a court challenge to the presidential election results, while his opposition coalition asserted Congolese face the extraordinary situation of an election allegedly rigged in favor of the opposition after Kabila's preferred candidate, Shadary, did

The runner - up in DR Congo 's presidential elections said Friday that he would appeal to the Constitutional Court to enforce a recount . "We will go to the Constitutional Court on Saturday (to demand) a recount of the vote," Martin Fayulu told supporters after provisional results showed him

Fayulu told CNN that Republican Guard soldiers and police had earlier surrounded his house and intimidated supporters who planned to accompany him to the court in the capital,Kinshasa.

"My lawyers, in order to avoid any surprises, decided to deposit the appeal files yesterday Friday 11th at 3:30 p.m. at the constitutional court. I have personally been there today at 3 p.m. in order to get back the receipt of filling, which is stamped as of 3:30 p.m., confirming that everything was done properly," he said in a statement sent to CNN.

"My appeal is constructed such that we are requesting the electoral commission to recount all of the ballot votes."

Congo court poised to rule on presidential vote challenge

Congo court poised to rule on presidential vote challenge Congo's constitutional court is poised to rule as early as Friday on a challenge to the presidential election results. But the African Union continental body has issued a surprise last-minute request for Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final results, citing "serious doubts" about the vote. Upholding the official election results could spark violence in a country hoping for its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960. The AU statement late Thursday said heads of state and government agreed to "urgently dispatch" a high-level delegation to Congo to find "a way out of the post-electoral crisis" in the vast Central Africa

The runner - up , Martin Fayulu , says he plans to challenge the election results in court . At the U.N., the election commission’s Yobeluo said any challenges would be handled by Congo ’s judicial bodies. He said the Catholic Church challenged the outcome of the presidential elections held in 2006 and

Losing Democratic Republic of Congo presidential candidate Martin Fayulu 's campaign said on Friday its tallies showed he had easily won the election ahead of the official winner announced by the electoral commission. Campaign official Fidele Babala told reporters Mr Fayulu won 61.51 percent of

Fayulu suffered a surprising defeat Thursday when Congo's electoral commission announced that another opposition leader, Felix Tshisekedi, had won the December 30 vote.

In a phone interview with CNN earlier Saturday, Fayulu said he had called the UN secretary-general's representative in the country, Leila Zerrougui, and that after that the Republican Guard soldiers started leaving.

"They want to intimidate me for the next stage. I think they don't want people to be with me when I go to the court. Even if they are there, I will go," he said.

Fayulu, who was widely expected to win the election, told CNN on Friday that he would challenge the results as they were "not consistent with the truth" and accused Tshisekedi of taking a "dangerous shortcut to power."

Congo presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu asks court to order election recount© LUIS TATO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images Felix Tshisekedi in Kinshasa on December 29, 2018.

In an earlier statement to CNN, Fayulu said Tshisekedi had worked in cahoots with outgoing President Joseph Kabila -- who has ruled the resource-rich nation with an iron fist since 2001 -- to influence the polls at the "expense of the Congolese people."

Congo rejects African Union demand to delay final election result

Congo rejects African Union demand to delay final election result Congo rejects African Union demand to delay final election result

The runner - up in DR Congo 's presidential elections said on Friday he would appeal to the Constitutional Court for a recount as his bloc claimed he won the poll with 61% of the vote. "We will go to the Constitutional Court on Saturday (to demand) a recount of the vote," Martin Fayulu told a

The runner - up in DR Congo ’s presidential elections said Friday he would appeal to the Constitutional Court for a recount as his bloc claimed he won the poll with 61 percent of the vote. “We will go to the Constitutional Court on Saturday… (to demand) a recount of the vote,” Martin Fayulu told a rally of

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.

The United Nations, United States, France and Belgium, among others, have called for transparency and calm.

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

Mixed reactions have followed Tshisekedi's win. While people in Kinshasa took to the streets to celebrate, Fayulu 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.

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.

Congo's court upholds victory of Felix Tshisekedi.
Congo's Constitutional court confirmed the victory of Felix Tshisekedi, dismissing the claims of massive vote fraud by runner-up Martin Fayulu. Tshisekedi's supporters celebrated the court decision, announced early Sunday, by driving their motorcycles and cars in a procession through Kinshasa. Later the capital city was quiet, with people attending church. Other cities across Congo were also reported to be quiet.

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