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The leader of the DRC's opposition calls for protests after the court has rejected its challenge: the citizen



Tension is rising in the streets of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) while opposition leader Martin Fayulu has called on his supporters to organize protests after Sunday's constitutional court dismissed its legal challenge to Felix Tshisekedi declared official winner of the December 30 presidential elections.

Fayulu also called on the international community not to recognize the results of the survey.

The court said Fayulu failed to prove that the electoral commission had announced false results, the BBC reported on Sunday.

However, the opposition leader responded and called for peaceful protests across the country.

"With this ruling, the constitutional court has challenged the Congolese people, the African Union and the entire international community," he said after the ruling.

Fayulu claims that Tshisekedi had entered into a power-sharing agreement with outgoing President Joseph Kabila, an accusation that Tshisekedi and his supporters deny.

The affirmation of the opposition leader was supported by the Catholic Church, which had 40,000 observers in polling stations across the country, Belgium, France and a number of political analysts.

The BERCI of the Congo and the French IPSOS for the Congo Research Group (CRG) in December, and the actual data on the counting of votes by the Catholic Episcopal Commission (CENCO), have also indicated a solid and statistically solid victory of Fayulu .

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (CIRGL), a body made up of 12 members including the allies of Kinshasa, Angola and the Republic of the Congo, also originally expressed " great concern "for the provisional results of the long early survey.

However, after Sunday's court ruling, SADC congratulated Tshisekedi and invited the Congolese to support the president-elect in an effort to maintain "unity, peace and stability".

But when Tshisekedi supporters descended on the streets of the capital Kinshasa in jubilation after being proclaimed new president, political discontent with the court's ruling was spreading among the ranks of the opposition.

Tshisekedi should swear within 10 days. A tumultuous period could be ahead as violence accompanied frustration with late elections and previous changes in leadership.

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