The constitutional court of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has confirmed the victory in the presidential elections of Felix Tshisekedi, rejecting a challenge from another opposition leader who had accused him and the ruling party to mend the result.
Martin Fayulu, runner-up, rejected the provisional tally for the Democratic Republic of Congo elections released last week, saying it was the product of a secret agreement between Tshisekedi and outgoing president Joseph Kabila to betray him in a clear victory over 60%.
The Kabila and Tshisekedi camps have denied any agreement.
But Fayulu has urged the Congolese people not to recognize anyone who "illegitimately claims" to be president.
"The constitutional court has just confirmed that a dictatorial regime is needed … validating false results, [and enabling] a constitutional coup ", he said in a statement.
Fayulu called on the international community to reject the results.
"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 said Sunday that the court's decision that confirmed him as the winner of the presidential election was a victory for the whole country.
"It's the Congo that won," he said, speaking to his supporters. "It is not the victory of one camp against another, I am engaged in a campaign to reconcile all the Congolese … The Congo we are about to form will not be a Congo of division, hatred or tribalism, it will be a reconciled Congo, a strong Congo which will focus on development, peace and security ".
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.
The survey was intended to allow the first democratic transfer of the power of the DRC in 59 years of independence from Belgium.
Government spokesman Lambert Mende said by telephone that the ruling party had "taken note" of the court's decision.
"Felix Tshisekedi will become the fifth president of the republic," said Mende.
The constitutional court of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is seen to a large extent compared to Kabila, who has been in power since his father was murdered in 2001. It could also worsen the sporadic revolt that has already seen 34 dead, 59 wounded and 241 "arrests. arbitrary "in the past week, according to the UN human rights office.
People inside the DRC say the internet service is back, 20 days after it was stopped following the election. The Internet service in the country had been blocked since December 31 in a probable attempt to dampen speculation about the results of the presidential election.
Reuters, Agence France Press and Associated Press