France Expresses Dissatisfaction Over Felix Tshisekedi's Victory; Calls for Clarity

A Congolese citizen casting his ballot using an electronic voting machine

Fayulu alleges that longtime President Joseph Kabila engineered a backroom deal with the largely untested Tshisekedi to thwart anti-corruption efforts in a country with staggering mineral wealth.

DR Congo is a country the size of Western Europe and Mr Kabila had promised its first orderly transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960.

Results of parliamentary elections, which were held alongside the presidential vote, are expected on Friday evening and the pro-Kabila majority are already claiming to have won the house.

Fayulu can appeal the results to Congo's constitutional court but has not yet indicated whether he will.

"I will do whatever is possible for me to do to get the truth because the Congolese want change", he said.

Just hours later, the Church said election results tallied by its 40,000 observers scattered across the country showed a different victor, without specifying who.

There is also a rapidly developing story that the diploma in Marketing and Communications Tshisekedi may have submitted as a condition of his candidacy might not have existed.

But on Thursday, 10 January, the Electoral Commission announced Mr. Shadary had polled only 4.4 million votes, a long way behind Tshisekedi and businessman Martin Fayulu. Long in the shadow of his father, the late opposition leader Etienne, he startled Congo past year by breaking away from Fayulu - the opposition's unity candidate - to stand on his own.

"How long are we going to negotiate results?" he asked.

Mr Tshisekedi hailed his victory, vowing to be "the president of all DR Congolese".

The other main opposition candidate, former oil executive Martin Fayulu - who was tipped as the favourite in the few pre-election opinion polls - also sounded a conciliatory tone on Tuesday.

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Given that Kabila was reluctant to leave office after the Constitution required that he do so, many believed he would ensure that Shadary was elected.

"It really seems that the declared results. are not consistent with the true results", Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told CNews television. Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said his country planned to raise concerns at the U.N. Security Council.

Earlier Thursday the country's electoral commission presented a delayed provisional count, naming Tshisekedi the victor with 38.57 per cent of the vote.

"The National Independent Electoral Commission has announced provisional results, but we await clarification of questions which have been raised regarding the electoral count".

Anti-riot police with water cannon and armored vehicles are outside Congo's electoral commission ahead of the announcement of the first results of the presidential election. The United States threatened sanctions against officials who rigged the vote.

The government has cut internet service since the day after the election to prevent speculation on social media about who won, and blocked some radio stations. "(.) The Congolese people will never accept that his victory be stolen".

The difference between Tshisekedi and Fayulu in official results was some 684,000 votes.

Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi was named the victor on Thursday.

Gleeful Tshisekedi supporters who took to the streets in Kinshasa to celebrate said they were happy to see Kabila step down.

"This is the coronation of a lifetime", the deputy secretary-general of Tshisekedi's party, Rubens Mikindo, said shortly after the announcement that his candidate had won, above the cheers at party headquarters. "This is the beginning of national reconciliation".

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