The defeated opposition candidate in DR Congo’s presidential election has vowed to problem the end in court docket.
Martin Fayulu advised the BBC the folks of the nation deserved to know the reality of the election, which he mentioned had led to a “coup”.
One other opposition candidate, Felix Tshisekedi, was declared the winner amid accusations of a power-sharing cope with the outgoing president.
A number of deaths and accidents have been reported within the wake of the outcomes.
The election was to decide on a successor to Joseph Kabila, who has been in workplace for 18 years.
The consequence if confirmed would create the primary orderly switch of energy since independence from Belgium in 1960.
The influential Catholic Church, which posted 40,000 election observers, mentioned the consequence didn’t match its findings.
What has Mr Fayulu mentioned?
Chatting with the BBC’s Africa editor, Fergal Keane, Mr Fayulu mentioned he would problem the declared consequence within the constitutional court docket.
“I’ll do no matter is feasible for me to do to get the reality as a result of the Congolese need change,” he mentioned.
Mr Fayulu admitted such a problem would have little probability of success because the court docket was “composed of Kabila’s folks” however he mentioned he didn’t need to give his opponents any probability to say he had not adopted the legislation.
“Felix Tshisekedi has been nominated by Mr Kabila to perpetrate the Kabila regime. As a result of immediately the boss is Kabila,” Mr Fayulu mentioned.
“Mr Kabila can’t keep and make an association with somebody who won’t have any energy… Mr Tshisekedi is aware of himself that he didn’t win.”
Mr Fayulu mentioned he feared there can be violence if the electoral fee didn’t give the true figures “polling station by polling station” and that it was the appropriate of all Congolese to show in line with the legislation.
Has there been any violence?
Hundreds of supporters of Mr Tshisekedi took to the streets to have a good time however those that backed Mr Fayulu additionally got here out in protest.
Violent scenes have been reported in Kikwit, the place at the least two policemen and two civilians have been mentioned to have been killed.
There have been studies of a number of hundred college students protesting towards the consequence and being dispersed by tear fuel within the city of Mbandaka.
Protests have been additionally reported in Kisangani however the south, the place Mr Tshisekedi has broad help, was primarily in celebration.
UN Secretary Normal Antonio Guterres has urged all sides “to chorus from violence” and widespread unrest has not but been reported.
What was the results of the election?
In response to the Nationwide Electoral Fee (Ceni), Mr Tshisekedi obtained 38.5% of the vote within the 30 December election.
The total outcomes have been:
- Felix Tshisekedi – 7 million votes
- Martin Fayulu – 6.four million votes
- Emmanuel Shadary – four.four million votes
Turnout was reported to be 48%.
How has the consequence been obtained?
Mr Tshisekedi hailed his victory, vowing to be “the president of all DR Congolese”.
His spokesman, Louis d’Or Ngalamulume, mentioned there was “by no means any deal” with Mr Kabila.
Mr Kabila’s ruling social gathering, whose candidate got here a distant third, has not but contested the consequence, though it didn’t rule out doing so.
Overseas, the response was a mixture of interesting for calm and calling for clarification.
The African Union chief, Moussa Faki Mahamat, mentioned any dispute needs to be “resolved peacefully, by turning to the related legal guidelines”.
The US hailed the “brave” Congolese voters and referred to as for a “clarification of questions which have been raised concerning the electoral rely”.
The EU appealed for all events to abstain from violence.
France did problem the declared consequence, saying it was” not in line with the true outcomes”.
French Overseas Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian mentioned: “On the face of it, Mr Fayulu was the chief popping out of those elections.”
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