DR Congo election: Defeated candidate vows legal challenge

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The global community has started reacting to the evolving political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, following Thursday's release of provisional presidential election results by the country's electoral commission, CENI.The U.S. Department of State in a press release Friday said: "The United States takes note of the National Independent Electoral Commission's announcement of the provisional results of December 30 elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)".

Known to his friends as "Fatshi", he gained a Belgian diploma in marketing and communication and rose doggedly through the party ranks.

The candidate from Mr Kabila's party had initially been expected to win, but ended up finishing third - and is not challenging the results.

However, he never took up his seat as he did not formally recognise his father's 2011 election defeat to Kabila. Although it did not name the victor, its announcement drew a sharp rebuke from the ruling coalition.

According to observers and diplomats, DRC's outgoing President Joseph Kabila seems to have reached a deal with Mr Tshisekedi to stop Mr Fayulu (pictured below) - an outspoken critic of corruption - from winning.

Tshisekedi is the son of the legendary Etienne Tshisekedi, who led opposition to three successive presidents over 35 years.

"How long are we going to negotiate results?" he asked. Tens of thousands thronged the streets when Tshisekedi visited his political stronghold of Mbuji-Mayi, a southern city, in early elections, chanting slogans calling on the father of five to save the nation. The Democratic Republic of Congo's influential Catholic church also said Tshisekedi's victory did not tally with data collected by its own monitors.

South Africa is urging Congo's electoral commission to finalize the election results "to ensure the credibility of the election and also maintain peace and stability".

Fayulu supporters say Kabila made a deal with Tshisekedi after Kabila's own hand-picked candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, failed to gain enough support to be a credible victor.

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"These results have nothing to do with the truth at the ballot box", he told Radio France International.

Shouts of joy erupted at the commission's offices as the historic results were announced.

"We will never accept this nomination".

Kabila and Tshisekedi "have an interest in meeting to prepare a peaceful and civilised transfer of power", said UDPS Secretary General Jean-Marc Kabund.

"Mr Kabila can not stay and make an arrangement with someone who will not have any power".

Moussa Faki Mahamat took cognizance of the provisional results of the presidential election in the DRC, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, according to an AU statement.

Violent scenes were reported in Kikwit, where at least two policemen and two civilians were said to have been killed. Fayulu has implied that the front knew Shadary was unlikely to win and so made a decision to promote Tshisekedi instead.

The election's supervisors had faced mounting pressure at home and overseas to publish the results of the December 30 poll after repeated delays stoked fears for the giant country's stability.

The past two elections, in 2006 and 2011, both of which were won by Kabila, were marred by bloodshed and many fear a repeat of the violence if there is a belief that the result has been fixed.

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