Regional powers hailed Felix Tshisekedi on Sunday as Democratic Republic of Congo's incoming president despite claims by his opponents of an election stitch-up and the EU and African Union warning of doubts over the result.
After the court dismissed runner-up Martin Fayulu’s call for a recount as “absurd”, Tshisekedi was declared the winner with 38.5 percent of the vote, paving the way for him to take over from the country’s longtime leader Joseph Kabila.
African nations on Sunday began recognising Felix Tshisekedi as DR Congo's incoming president after the Constitutional Court upheld the vote results, rejecting claims by his main rival of an election stitch-up.
BRUSSELS - The EU said on Sunday that "doubts remain" over the result of the DR Congo's disputed election, after the country's highest court declared Felix Tshisekedi president, outraging opponents.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta say Sunday’s ruling by the Constitutional Court in Kinshasa confirms Felix Tshisekedi’s election win requires all actors to respect this exercise of DRC national sovereignty.
Fayulu made the announcement on Saturday, January 19, and termed election Félix Tshisekedi as one marred by massive breach of rule of law.
Tshisekedi's victory was provisionally announced earlier this month by the Independent National Election Commission (CENI) but it was challenged both at home and abroad, with the African Union appealing for the final results to be delayed.