DRC opposition candidate Martin Fayulu rejected a court ruling that his rival won a presidential election, declaring himself president in a move that could stoke further unrest.
DR Congo’s top court declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner of disputed presidential elections after throwing out a legal challenge by the runner-up.
Lawyers for the runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo’s disputed election on Tuesday urged the Constitutional Court in a series of impassioned speeches to order a recount of a poll that they said was rigged against their candidate.
The runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election, Martin Fayulu, in fact thrashed the official winner with more than 60% of votes and will file a formal fraud complaint on Saturday, his camp said.
Foreign leaders reacted cautiously to the outcome of DR Congo’s presidential election, with many choosing not to congratulate the man declared winner and appealing for disputes to be settled peacefully.