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The Latest: Opposition candidate Fayulu denounces results

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Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu speaks to the press at his headquarters in Kinshasa, Congo, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019. Fayulu, who got here second within the presidential ballot behind Felix Tshisekedi, referred to as the results fraudulent. (AP Photograph/Jerome Delay)

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Newest on Congo’s presidential election (all occasions native):

5:50 a.m.

Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu denounced the Congo election results as an “electoral hold up” that have been “rigged, fabricated and invented” and do “not reflect the truth of the ballots.” He referred to as on the Congolese individuals to “raise as one men to protect victory.”

Fayulu additionally referred to as on the Catholic Church to launch the results it obtained from its workforce of 40,000 observers who recorded voting tallies posted at every of the polling facilities. Final week, the Catholic Church stated their observations confirmed a transparent winner.

A number of diplomats briefed on the matter confirmed to The Related Press that the figures compiled by the Catholic Church confirmed that Fayulu gained an absolute majority of the votes. Two diplomats additionally stated that each one main remark missions, together with from the African Union and the Southern African Improvement Group, confirmed comparable results with Fayulu the winner.

“How long are we going to negotiate results?” requested Fayulu, of what he stated was a deal made to declare Tshisekedi the winner. “In 2006, Jean-Pierre Bemba’s victory was stolen, in 2011 Étienne Tshisekedi’s victory was stolen. In 2018 victory won’t be stolen from Martin Fayulu.”

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four:15 a.m.

A spokesman says the United Nations secretary-general “takes note” of the results of Congo’s presidential election.

Congo’s electoral fee, in a shock for a lot of, introduced that opposition chief Felix Tshisekedi gained with 38 % of the vote.

The opposition candidate who led in polls and had pledged to fight Congo’s widespread corruption, Martin Fayulu, is predicted to remark to reporters shortly.

The streets of the capital, Kinshasa, an opposition stronghold, at the moment are quiet after a burst of celebration by individuals outdoors the electoral fee’s workplaces.

The U.N assertion calls on all events to “refrain from violence” and “live up to their responsibility in preserving stability.”

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three:30 a.m.

Scores of Congolese are dancing and cheering outdoors the electoral fee at three:30 within the morning after opposition chief Felix Tshisekedi was declared the winner of the presidential election.

That is the primary time the huge nation has seen a peaceable, democratic switch of energy since independence from Belgium in 1960.

The election had been delayed for greater than two years as many Congolese fearful that President Joseph Kabila would attempt to keep in energy.

Tshisekedi is the son of late opposition chief Etienne however is comparatively unknown and untested. Hypothesis swirled this week that Kabila’s authorities sought to make a deal as hopes pale for a ruling get together win.

The opposition chief and corruption fighter who had led in polling, Martin Fayulu, completed second within the vote.

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three:10 a.m.

Congo’s electoral fee says opposition chief Felix Tshisekedi has gained the presidential election because the huge nation braces for potential protests over alleged rigging.

Tshisekedi, who acquired greater than 7 million votes, had not been extensively thought-about the main candidate. Some observers have prompt that President Joseph Kabila’s authorities sought to make a deal as hopes pale for a win for ruling celebration candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary. Shadary acquired greater than four million votes.

It isn’t instantly clear whether or not opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, who led in polling and warned towards manipulation, will contest the results. The constitutional courtroom has 14 days to validate them. Fayulu acquired greater than 6 million votes.

Tshisekedi, son of late opposition icon Etienne but comparatively unknown, has achieved what his father pursued for many years.

The delayed results come after worldwide strain to announce an end result that mirrored the desire of the individuals. Election observers had reported quite a few irregularities.

Kabila has dominated since 2001 within the troubled nation wealthy within the minerals key to smartphones all over the world. This could possibly be Congo’s first peaceable, democratic switch of energy since independence in 1960.

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2 a.m.

Congo’s electoral fee has begun saying election results — beginning with the names of a whole lot of people that gained provincial deputy seats.

The already delayed course of might take hours earlier than reaching the results of the presidential election.

Residents of the capital, Kinshasa, are nonetheless watching the stay broadcast on state tv lengthy after midnight.

The huge nation voted on Dec. 30 for a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has dominated since 2001. The opposition and activist teams have warned of protests if the results don’t match “the truth of the ballot boxes.”

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12:10 a.m.

Congo has marked midnight because the nation waits for the delayed announcement of the results of the presidential election.

State tv exhibits a loud room the place the electoral fee had been anticipated to make an announcement an hour in the past.

Congolese activist teams have urged individuals to “be ready to massively take to the streets” if the fee doesn’t publish results in accordance with “the truth of the ballot boxes.”

Congo on Dec. 30 voted for a successor to departing President Joseph Kabila. The delay in saying results has led some Congolese to suspect attainable manipulation in favor of the ruling get together.

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5:45 p.m.

The United States is giving its residents in Congo succinct recommendation: “Depart the country.”

A brand new U.S. Embassy safety alert says Congo’s electoral fee is quickly anticipated to announce results of the presidential election. It warns of potential crowds gathering to listen to the results.

Congolese activist teams have urged individuals to “be ready to massively take to the streets” if the fee doesn’t publish results in accordance with “the truth of the ballot boxes.”

Congo on Dec. 30 voted for a successor to departing President Joseph Kabila. The delay in saying results has led some Congolese to suspect attainable manipulation in favor of the ruling get together.

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5:10 p.m.

Congo’s electoral fee says “everything is ready” for provisional results of the presidential election to be introduced at the moment.

Spokeswoman Marie-France Idikayi tells The Related Press that “we are waiting for the final deliberations of the electoral commission plenary session to end but the announcement room is prepared.”

State tv is in place to broadcast the results. Anti-riot police with water cannon are outdoors the constructing.

Congo on Dec. 30 voted for a successor to departing President Joseph Kabila. Congolese activist teams are urging individuals to “be ready to massively take to the streets” if the fee doesn’t publish results in accordance with “the truth of the ballot boxes.”

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three p.m.

Congolese activist teams are urging individuals to “be ready to massively take to the streets” if the electoral fee doesn’t publish presidential election results in accordance with “the truth of the ballot boxes.”

A press release by greater than 300 organizations additionally alleges that electoral fee president Corneille Nangaa has been instructed by President Joseph Kabila’s authorities to publish results from digital transmission as an alternative of from guide counting.

Carbone Beni with the Filimbi motion asserts that the guide courtroom exhibits that the ruling celebration’s candidate didn’t win.

Nangaa has blamed the delay in saying results on the opposition’s insistence on guide counting. Congo’s first use of digital voting machines within the Dec. 30 election led to widespread concern that they might be used to control results.

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2:15 p.m.

The presidents of South Africa and Zambia are urging Congo’s electoral fee to “speedily” full vote-counting and announce the delayed results of the Dec. 30 presidential election.

The assertion launched by South Africa’s overseas ministry displays strain on Congo by regional powers who don’t need to see the huge Central African nation return to widespread violence.

The assertion says South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Zambian President Edgar Lungu warn that the delay in releasing results “can lead to suspicions and compromise peace and stability of the country.”

Congo’s electoral fee is assembly to debate the results and will announce them as early as Wednesday. Anti-riot police are positioned outdoors.

Congo’s authorities has rejected Western strain over the long-delayed election, calling it interference.

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11:55 a.m.

Anti-riot police with water cannon and armored automobiles are outdoors Congo’s electoral fee forward of the announcement of the primary results of the presidential election.

Residents of the capital, Kinshasa, say the heavy safety presence is a nasty signal.

Resident John Kabamba says it “may be a message that the publication (of the results) won’t meet the expectations of the Congolese people.”

The first results could possibly be introduced as early as Wednesday.

Congo on Dec. 30 voted for a successor to departing President Joseph Kabila. He backs ruling social gathering candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who’s underneath European Union sanctions.

Main opposition candidate Martin Fayulu has urged the electoral fee to announce the true results as shortly as potential and warned it to not “play with fire, it is very dangerous.”