Congo run­ner-up says rul­ing party is des­per­ate

The Olympian - - Nation & World -

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.

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

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