The highest court in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner of the disputed presidential elections after launching a legal challenge from the runner-up.
Announcing the final results of the long-awaited poll, the Constitutional Court declared that Tshisekedi had won by a simple majority, paving the way for him to take the place of long-term leader Joseph Kabila at an official Tuesday ceremony.
Second place Martin Fayulu immediately invited the international community to reject the results, after the court declared that his appeal was "unfounded".
"I ask the entire international community not to recognize a power that has neither legitimacy nor legitimacy to represent the Congolese people," he said of Tshisekedi, declaring himself "the only legitimate president".
Tshisekedi's victory was announced at the beginning of this month on the basis of the provisional results of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), but was contested both at home and abroad, with the African Union which called for the delay of the final results.
On Sunday, the Constitutional Court declared that Fayulu has not shown any imprecision.
"Only the CENI has produced authentic and sincere results," said Judge Noel Kilomba.
Hundreds of Tshisekedi supporters gathered outside the court with signs saying "No to interference" and "Independent country" while riot police were nearby.
The electoral commission announced on January 10 that Tshisekedi won provisionally with 38.57% of the votes against 34.8% of Fayulu.