Congo run­ner-up says rul­ing party is des­per­ate

Star-Telegram - - Obituaries - BY MATHILDE BOUS­SION

Congo’s pres­i­den­tial run­ner-up Martin Fayulu, who is chal­leng­ing his elec­tion loss in court, says the gov­ern­ment de­ployed armed sol­diers around his head­quar­ters be­cause of the rul­ing party’s “des­per­a­tion.”

Fayulu is le­gally chal­leng­ing his de­feat, say­ing that he won 61 per­cent of the vote, cit­ing fig­ures com­piled by the Catholic Church’s 40,000 elec­tion ob­servers across the vast Cen­tral African coun­try. Those fig­ures say that elec­tion win­ner Felix Tshieskedi only re­ceived 18 per­cent of the vote.

As Fayulu was pre­par­ing to file his le­gal chal­lenge at the con­sti­tu­tional court Satur­day, the Repub­li­can Guard sur­rounded his of­fices, dis­persed sup­port­ers from the premises and briefly en­tered the prop­erty, ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses.

Fayulu spoke to the press Sun­day after at­tend­ing mass at the Philadel­phie mis­sion­ary cen­ter in Kinshasa and was asked about the in­ci­dent with the Repub­li­can Guard.

“I’m at­tribut­ing this to des­per­a­tion. But we have faith,” said Fayulu. “Our faith is in­tact, un­shake­able, be­cause the peo­ple have de­cided, and the wishes of the peo­ple will come true.”

Tshisekedi was ex­pected to at­tend a ser­vice in the same church later Sun­day but he can­celled for “se­cu­rity rea­sons,” ac­cord­ing to a church press of­fi­cer. Sev­eral jour­nal­ists were wait­ing for him as Tshisekedi has made no pub­lic ap­pear­ances since the an­nounce­ments by Fayulu and the Catholic Church that the fig­ures giv­ing him vic­tory are not ac­cu­rate.

“Felix Tsishekedi spoke the day the re­sults were an­nounced. At this stage he has noth­ing to add,” said press of­fi­cer Ly­die Omenga on Sun­day. “He has al­ready started work and now waits for the re­sults to be con­firmed. We are serene and we let the process fol­low its course. He will speak at his in­au­gu­ra­tion.”

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