Police officers stand guard as supporters of DR Congo's defeated opposition candidate for the presidential election Martin Fayulu gather to attend a rally in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 11 January 2019

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Armed police patrolled a rally by Fayulu supporters on Friday

Safety forces have deployed close to the residence of opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu in Democratic Republic of Congo.

He insists he received final month’s election and is because of file a courtroom petition. Mr Fayulu has demanded a guide recount.

However the electoral fee declared one other opposition chief, Felix Tshisekedi, the winner.

Mr Fayulu accuses Mr Tshisekedi of hanging a power-sharing cope with the outgoing president, Joseph Kabila.

On Saturday, Mr Fayulu repeated that the result did not reflect “the truth of the ballot boxes”.

The electoral fee additionally mentioned the pro-Kabila coalition had received a majority of parliamentary seats.

A number of Western governments and the influential Roman Catholic Church in DR Congo have expressed shock and concern on the declared outcomes.

Mr Kabila has been in workplace for 18 years and the consequence, if confirmed, would create the primary orderly switch of energy since independence from Belgium in 1960.

What does Fayulu say?

Dozens of Fayulu supporters had gathered exterior his residence within the capital, Kinshasa, to chant slogans in opposition to Mr Kabila and Mr Tshisekedi.

Nonetheless they fled contained in the constructing when the safety forces arrived on Saturday, Reuters information company experiences.

Talking earlier to BBC Africa editor Fergal Keane, Mr Fayulu mentioned he would problem the declared consequence within the constitutional courtroom.

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Martin Fayulu spoke at a rally in Kinshasa on Friday

“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 courtroom was “composed of Kabila’s individuals” however he mentioned he didn’t wish to give his opponents any probability to say he had not adopted the legislation.

“Felix Tshisekedi has been nominated by Mr Kabila to perpetuate the Kabila regime. As a result of at this time the boss is Kabila,” Mr Fayulu mentioned.

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Questions stay concerning the function of Joseph Kabila within the election consequence

“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 could 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 exhibit in keeping with the legislation.

Has there been any violence?

1000’s of supporters of Mr Tshisekedi took to the streets to rejoice however those that backed Mr Fayulu additionally got here out in protest.

Violent scenes have been reported in Kikwit, the place no less than two policemen and two civilians have been mentioned to have been killed.

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There have been experiences of a number of hundred college students protesting in opposition to 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 celebrating.

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%.

What might occur subsequent?

Candidates should file any enchantment to the constitutional courtroom inside 48 hours of the announcement of the provisional outcomes.

Judges will then have seven days to deliberate.

Constitutional professional Jacques Ndjoli advised the BBC there have been three doable outcomes: the courtroom might verify Mr Tshisekedi’s victory, order a recount, or cancel the outcomes altogether and name recent elections.

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Felix Tshisekedi has claimed victory

The constitutional courtroom has by no means overturned outcomes earlier than, and a few suppose most of its judges are near the ruling occasion.

If Mr Tshisekedi have been confirmed because the winner, he could be anticipated to be inaugurated inside ten days.

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