- Tshisekedi was declared winner of presidential election having garnered less than 40% of the votes cast
- The France administration has dismissed the results insisting the second runner won the election
- The Catholic church observer mission noted the announced results were different from what they collected from polling stations
Barely hours after Congo's electoral commission announced Felix Tshisekedi as the president elect, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and the Catholic church has dismissed the elections outcome saying they were not consistent with the results.
According to the minister, Martin Fayulu who came second in the race was the right candidate who won the presidency as by the observers.
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Felix Tshisekedi was leader of the main opposition party Union for Democracy and Social Progress which was founded by his father.
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In a report by Aljazeera, Drian who spoke to France's CNews channel said the results that were announced were different from what the observers had collected.
"It really seems that the declared results ... are not consistent with the true results. On the face of it, Mr Fayulu was the leader coming out of these elections," he said.
The Catholic Church which runs over 50 % of salvation centers in the country, through the National Episcopal Conference of the Congo had deployed over 40,000 faithfuls to observe the elections.
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"The results of the presidential election published by (the electoral commission) do not match those collected by our observer mission," said the church in a statement issued after the announcement.
Already, the African Union has called for any dispute over the Democratic Republic of Congo's election results to be resolved in a peaceful manner, through dialogue.
Up until the time of elections, polls in the country showed Fayulu was the most preferred candidate to succeed Joseph Kabila who has served the country for over 18 years.
Kabila had handpicked Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary to succeed him but he was one of the candidates who drew the least number of votes among those perceived to be strong candidates given the support of the current president.
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