DR Congo presidential runner-up moves court
Kinshasa, DR Congo - The runner-up in DR Congo’s presidential election, Martin Fayulu, has appealed to the Constitutional Court to annul the provisional result which awarded victory to his opposition rival Felix Tshisekedi, his lawyer said.
The request was filed on Friday ahead of a 48-hour deadline for any appeals against the shock result to replace long-term President Joseph Kabila. “The request seeks the annulment of the result declaring Felix Tshisekedi president,” Toussaint Ekombe said.
The move came as the proKabila FCC coalition announced it had won a majority in legislative elections.
Supporters of the outgoing President won nearly 350 seats in the 500-seat National Assembly, according to Communications Minister Lambert Mende.
About 130 seats went to opposition lawmakers, the minister said.
The developments were the latest twist in a political crisis which erupted two years ago when Kabila refused to step down at the end of his constitutional term in office, sparking massive protests.