The inauguration of the President-elect of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, has been postponed to Thursday.
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.
Democratic Republic of Congo’s Constitutional Court said it would start hearing Tuesday an appeal against presidential election results that gave victory to opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi.
International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has lauded DRC’s electoral commission for conducting a peaceful and fair election.
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s ruling coalition says it has taken note of Felix Tshisekedi’s provisional victory in the presidential elections but reserved the right to legally challenge its candidate’s score as over 1-million citizens were denied of their rights to vote in the elections.
ACDP leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe has strongly condemned Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission saying they prematurely announced the results of the presidential elections.
The election result could lead to Congo’s first democratic transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960, with longtime President Joseph Kabila due to step down in coming days.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Zambian counterpart Edgar Lungu concluded an emergency meeting in Durban to discuss the current developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s election commission may have to postpone publication of provisional results for a long-awaited presidential vote, the panel’s chairperson told AFP on Thursday.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo awaits results of the crucial vote after government allegedly shut down the internet to avoid post-election disorder.