Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi has won the Democratic Republic of Congo’s tightly contested presidential vote, the electoral commission says.
The provisional result puts him ahead of rival opposition candidate Martin Fayulu who has denounced it as a fraud. France has also questioned the outcome. If confirmed, Mr Tshisekedi will be the first opposition challenger to win since the DR Congo gained independence.
In the early hours of Thursday the head of DR Congo’s National Electoral Commission (Ceni), Corneille Nangaa, said Mr Tshisekedi had received 38.5% of the vote and had been “provisionally declared the elected president”.
Martin Fayulu, a former oil tycoon and opposition candidate, dismissed the results as having “nothing to do with the truth”.
“The Congolese people will never accept such a fraud. Felix Tshisekedi never got 7 million votes. Where did he get them from?”
The Foreign Minister for France, Yves Le Drian said that the results are the “opposite to what we expected”, and said that the Catholic Church who had 40,000 observers at the elections found “completely different” results.