DR Congo pres­i­den­tial run­ner-up moves court

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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