(KINSHASA, DRC.) Rigged Presidential Election Again? Catholic Church refuses to name the ‘ Clear Winner ‘ after they push their own candidate Martin Fayulu after opposition leader ‘ Felix Tshisekedi ‘ saying official results do not match the outcome compiled by its 40,000 observers at all polling stations across the troubled country sources #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.10: Congo’s powerful Catholic church challenged the surprise win of opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi in the presidential election on Thursday, saying official results do not match the outcome compiled by its 40,000 observers at all polling stations across the troubled country: The church refused to name its “clear winner,” but diplomats briefed on its findings said opposition leader Martin Fayulu won easily and that other election observer mission found similar results: Fayulu alleges that President Joseph Kabila engineered a backroom deal with the largely untested Tshisekedi to thwart anti-corruption efforts in a country with staggering mineral wealth. An outspoken campaigner against Congo’s widespread graft — it ranked 161th among 180 countries in Transparency International’s latest index — Fayulu denounced the official vote results as “rigged.” He called on people to “rise as one man to protect victory.”#AceNewsDesk reports

But the country remained largely calm as many Congolese appeared to accept the country’s first peaceful, democratic transfer of power: Tshisekedi’s supporters with Congo’s most prominent opposition group took to the streets in jubilation.It was not immediately clear whether Fayulu would challenge the election results in court.

Congo’s constitutional court has 14 days to validate them: Careful statements by the international community did not congratulate Tshisekedi, merely taking note of official results and urging peace and stability in a country with little of it: Observers appeared to be watching to see how Fayulu’s supporters reacted ………………..Two diplomats also said all major observation missions, including those of the African Union and the Southern African Development Community, showed similar results to those of the Catholic Church.

The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press: Tshisekedi, who received 38 percent of the vote according to official results, had not been widely considered the leading candidate. Long in the shadow of his father, the late opposition leader Etienne, he startled Congo last year by breaking away from the opposition’s unity candidate, Fayulu, to stand on his own………………..Fayulu, a former Exxon manager and Kinshasa lawmaker, received 34 percent of the vote in the official results.

He was a vocal activist during the two-year delay in Congo’s election, insisting it was time for Kabila to go: Fayulu was backed by two popular opposition leaders barred by the government from running……………………Even before the election announcement, some observers suggested that Kabila’s government might make a deal with Tshisekedi as hopes faded for ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who received just 23 percent of the vote: Many Congolese objected to Shadary, suspecting that Kabila would continue to rule from behind the scenes………………France’s foreign minister bluntly cast doubt on the official results…………….Belgium’s foreign minister said his country planned to raise election concerns at the U.N. Security Council………………..The delayed results, 10 days after the Dec. 30 vote, came after international pressure to announce an outcome that reflected the will of the people, with the United States threatening sanctions.

The largely peaceful election was marred by the malfunctioning of many voting machines that Congo used for the first time: Dozens of polling centers opened hours late as materials went missing. In a last-minute decision, some 1 million of the country’s 40 million voters were barred from participating, with the electoral commission blaming a deadly Ebola virus outbreak.

Defiantly, tens of thousands of voters held their own unofficial ballot on election day, and Fayulu won easily: That community, Beni, was calm on Thursday the Congo’s government cut internet service the day after the vote to prevent speculation on social media: It remained off in parts of the country on Thursday: Some Congolese weary of Kabila’s 18-year rule, two turbulent years of election delays and years of conflict…….

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: January.10:2018:

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