Catholic church in DR Congo disputes presidential election outcome

Catholic church in DR Congo disputes presidential election outcome

"Felix is more diplomatic, more conciliatory, more ready to listen to others".

Reutersdescribed the election as "chaotic" and quoted the National Episcopal Conference of Congo disagreeing with the official results.

Tshisekedi "owes his ascendancy to power to Kabila's control of the electoral commission", and in exchange Kabila would look for immunity from any prosecution or asset seizure after handing over power, Besseling said.

The delayed results came after global pressure to announce an outcome that reflected the will of the people. Some said the delay allows manipulation in favor of the ruling party.

Anti-riot police have been deployed in the capital, Kinshasa, reports the BBC's Louise Dewast from the city.

Foreign leaders reacted cautiously to the outcome of DR Congo's presidential election Thursday (10 January), with many choosing not to congratulate the man declared victor and appealing for disputes to be settled peacefully.

"Seeing all these barriers, it proves that (the commission) doesn't need or doesn't want to give us the name of the person who was elected", said Kinshasa resident Beni Babutu.

Known to his friends as "Fatshi", the portly 55-year-old is set to replace President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the volatile, poverty-stricken nation with an iron fist since 2001.

Kabila is stepping down after 18 years in office and there were fears he would continue to rule behind the scenes if a rigged election saw victory for his handpicked successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary. Fayulu, a former Exxon manager and Kinshasa lawmaker, accused the government of impeding his campaign by blocking flights and assaulting his supporters, which Kabila dismissed. The results were originally scheduled to be released on Sunday, Jan 6. Tshisekedi's party on Tuesday called him the "presumed winner" and indicated that he has had contact with Kabila "to prepare a peaceful and civilized transfer of power".

"Of course, we are not happy as our candidate lost, but the Congolese people have chosen, and democracy has triumphed, " Shadary spokesman, Barnabe Kikaya Bin Karubi, told Reuters.

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South Africa's government is influential as Congo has rejected what it considers Western meddling.

The turmoil has darkened hopes that the country will have its first peaceful handover of power since it gained independence in 1960.

The church itself has so far only said that the official results did not reflect the data its observers collected from polling stations.

Fayulu urged the Catholic Church to release the results from its team of 40,000 observers who recorded voting tallies posted at each of the polling centers.

On Tuesday, Fayulu and six other presidential candidates issued a statement saying that "the electoral results can not be negotiated and under no circumstances will we or the Congolese people accept such results".

The announcement was made this morning by the president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), Corneille Nangaa.

Nangaa has blamed the delay in announcing results on the opposition's insistence on manual counting.

"We have also noted that these results have been contested by part of the opposition", said European Union spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic.

Congo's electoral commission is meeting to discuss the results and could announce them as early as Wednesday. Pre-election polls had predicted a landslide win for another opposition leader, Martin Fayulu, who is backed by powerful exiled politicians and former militia leaders with influence in the violent east.

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