Congo opposition candidate Fayulu to challenge poll results


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Fayulu spoke to hundreds of supporters who gathered in the capital, Kinshasa, to denounce what they called "the people's stolen victory."

The national electoral commission on Thursday declared another opposition leader, Felix Tshisekedi, the winner of the December 30 election, but Fayulu's campaign says its tallies show that Fayulu won a landslide victory with 61 percent of the vote.

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Fayulu’s announcement on Friday was declared in the presence of a heavy police force after violence escalated overnight following the release of the provisional poll results.

A businessman and vocal campaigner against Congo's widespread corruption, Fayulu accuses outgoing President Joseph Kabila of making a backroom deal with the surprise declared winner, the politically inexperienced, Tshisekedi.

The Catholic Church, the rare authority that many Congolese find trustworthy, has said its 40,000 election observers found a different winner from the official results but it has not given details.

Fayulu's coalition on Friday asserted that the church's findings showed Tshisekedi received 18 percent of the vote, just ahead of ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.

‘We will challenge them’

Fayulu urged that Congo's electoral commission publish detailed results, polling station by polling station, and said he would file his court challenge on Saturday morning. 

"Those who have been silly enough to publish false results, we will challenge them," he said.

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