DR Congo presidential runner-up appeals in opposition to consequence: lawyer

DR Congo presidential runner-up appeals against result: lawyer

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Presidential candidate Martin Fayulu casts his vote on the Insititut de la Gombe polling station in Kinshasa through the DR Congo’s common election on December 30, 2018

Martin Fayulu, who got here second in DR Congo’s presidential election, has appealed to the Constitutional Court docket to annul the provisional consequence which awarded victory to his opposition rival Felix Tshisekedi, his lawyer mentioned Saturday.

“The request seeks the annulment of the consequence declaring Felix Tshisekedi president,” Toussaint Ekombe informed reporters outdoors the court docket.

“It was filed yesterday,” he mentioned of the enchantment, which by legislation wanted to be filed inside 48 hours of Thursday’s early-morning announcement.

Explaining the enchantment, Fayulu mentioned he believed election chief Corneille Nangaa had “damaged electoral legislation” within the December 30 vote to decide on a successor to President Joseph Kabila.

The declared final result handed victory to Tshisekedi with 38.57 % of the vote, with Fayulu coming second with 34.eight %.

However Fayulu denounced the consequence as an “electoral coup” engineered by Kabila wherein Tshisekedi was “completely complicit”, saying the reality of what occurred on the poll field would solely come out with a recount.

“We now have requested the Constitutional Court docket to do its job, and nothing extra,” mentioned Fayulu, whose backers say he received 61 % of the vote.

“We can not put somebody in workplace and begin to make up figures that may enable Kabila to take again energy tomorrow. That might be unacceptable,” he mentioned.

“I cannot abandon the individuals. We’ll go all the way in which to get well this victory.”

The Constitutional Court docket now has eight working days to check the request earlier than giving its ruling, with the brand new president anticipated to be sworn in on January 22, Nangaa mentioned early on Saturday.

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