The last: the opposition candidate, Fayulu, denounces the results

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KINSHASA, Congo (AP) – Latest news CongoPresidential election (local time):

5:50

Candidate of the opposition Martin Fayulu denounced the Congo The election results are an "electoral blockade" that have been "rigged, fabricated and invented" and do not "reflect the truth of the ballots". He called on the Congolese people to "rise up as one man to protect the victory".

Fayulu She also called on the Catholic Church to publish the results obtained by its team of 40,000 observers who recorded the voting results posted in each polling center. Last week, the Catholic Church said its observations clearly showed the winner.

Several diplomats informed on the subject confirmed to The Associated Press that figures compiled by the Catholic Church showed that Fayulu won the absolute majority of votes. Two diplomats also said that all major observer missions, including those of the African Union and the Southern African Development Community, had given similar results. Fayulu the winner.

"How long are we going to negotiate the results?" Asked FayuluWhat he said was an agreement reached to declare Tshisekedi the winner. "In 2006, the victory of Jean-Pierre Bemba was stolen, in 2011 the victory of Étienne Tshisekedi was stolen. In 2018, the victory will not be stolen in Martin Fayulu. "

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4:15 p.m.

A spokesman said the UN secretary-general "took note" of the results of CongoThe presidential election.

CongoThe electoral commission, surprised by many, announced that opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi won with 38% of the vote.

The opposition candidate who led the polls and pledged to fight CongoGeneralized corruption, Martin Fayulu, should make comments to reporters soon.

The streets of the capital, Kinshasa, stronghold of the opposition, are now silent after an explosion of celebrations by people outside the offices of the electoral commission.

The US statement calls on all parties to "refrain from any violence" and to "assume their responsibility to preserve stability".

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3:30 p.m.

Many Congolese dance and cheer before the electoral commission at 3:30 am, after opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has been declared the winner of the presidential election.

This is the first time that the vast country has witnessed a peaceful and democratic transfer of power since the independence of Belgium in 1960.

Elections delayed more than two years, many Congolese fearing President Joseph Kabila would try to stay in power.

Tshisekedi is the son of the last leader of the opposition Etienne, but he is relatively unknown and has not been tested yet. Speculation has swirled this week that KabilaThe government sought to reach an agreement as the ruling party's hopes of victory faded.

The opposition leader and corruption fighter who led the poll, Martin Fayulu, finished second in the vote.

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3:10 p.m.

CongoThe electoral commission said opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi won the presidential election as the vast country prepared for possible protests against so-called tricks.

Tshisekedi, who garnered over 7 million votes, had not been widely considered the main candidate. Some observers have suggested that the President Joseph KabilaThe government sought to reach an agreement as the hopes of victory of incumbent party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary faded. Shadary received more than 4 million votes.

It is not clear right away if the opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, who led the poll and warned against manipulation, will contest the results. The constitutional court has 14 days to validate them. Fayulu received more than 6 million votes.

Tshisekedi, the son of the late opposition icon Stephen, still unknown, has achieved what his father has been pursuing for decades.

Late results occur after international pressure has been announced for the outcome to reflect the will of the people. Election observers reported numerous irregularities.

Kabila reigns since 2001 in the troubled country, rich in minerals essential to smartphones around the world. It could be CongoFirst peaceful and democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960.

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2 a.m

CongoThe election commission began announcing the election results – starting with the names of hundreds of MPs.

The already delayed process could take hours to reach the results of the presidential election.

The residents of the capital, Kinshasa, are still watching the live broadcast on public television long after midnight.

The vast country voted on December 30 for a successor to the president Joseph Kabila, which has been running the country since 2001. Opposition groups and activists have warned of protests if the results do not match "the truth of the polls".

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12:10

Congo marked midnight while the country waits for the late announcement of the results of the presidential election.

The state television shows a noisy room where the electoral commission had to make an announcement an hour ago.

Groups of Congolese activists have urged people to "be ready to go down the street en masse" if the commission does not publish the results in accordance with "the truth of the polls".

Congo December 30 voted for a successor to the outgoing president Joseph Kabila. The delay in the announcement of the results led some Congolese to suspect a possible manipulation in favor of the ruling party.

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5:45 p.m.

The United States give their citizens in Congo succinct advice: "Leave the country."

A new security alert from the US Embassy says CongoThe electoral commission should soon announce the results of the presidential election. He warns of a possible crowd gathering to hear the results.

Groups of Congolese activists have urged people to "be ready to go down the street en masse" if the commission does not publish the results in accordance with "the truth of the polls".

Congo December 30 voted for a successor to the outgoing president Joseph Kabila. The delay in the announcement of the results led some Congolese to suspect a possible manipulation in favor of the ruling party.

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5:10 p.m.

CongoThe electoral commission said "everything is ready" for the provisional results of the presidential election to be announced today.

Spokeswoman Marie-France Idikayi told The Associated Press: "We are waiting for the closure of the deliberations of the plenary session of the electoral commission, but the announcement room is ready."

Public television is in place to broadcast the results. Riot police with water cannons are on the outside of the building.

Congo December 30 voted for a successor to the outgoing president Joseph Kabila. Groups of Congolese activists urge people to "be ready to go down the street massively" if the commission does not publish the results in accordance with "the truth of the polls".

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15h

Groups of Congolese activists urge people to "be ready to go down the street en masse" if the electoral commission does not publish the results of the presidential election in accordance with "the truth of the polls".

A statement from more than 300 organizations also claims that the president of the electoral commission, Corneille Nangaa, was charged by the president Joseph KabilaGovernment to publish the results of electronic transmission instead of manual counting.

Carbon Beni of the Filimbi movement claims that the manual court shows that the ruling party's candidate did not win.

Nangaa blamed the delay in announcing the results at the insistence of the opposition on manual counting. CongoThe first use of electronic voting machines during the December 30 election has caused concern that they could be used to manipulate the results.

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2:15 p.m.

Presidents of South Africa and Zambia urge CongoThe electoral commission must "quickly" proceed with the counting and announce the deferred results of the presidential election of December 30.

Statement issued by South Africa's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reflects pressure on Congo regional powers who do not want to see the vast country of Central Africa return to widespread violence.

According to the statement, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Zambian President Edgar Lungu warned that the delay in publishing the results "may lead to suspicions and jeopardize the peace and stability of the country".

CongoThe electoral commission is meeting to discuss the results and could announce them as early as Wednesday. The riot police are positioned outside.

CongoThe government rejected Western pressures on the long-delayed election, describing the interference as interference.

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11:55

Riot police with water cannon and armored vehicles on the outside CongoElectoral Commission before the announcement of the first results of the presidential election.

The residents of the capital, Kinshasa, the strong presence of security is a bad sign.

Resident John Kabamba said that "this could indicate that the publication (of the results) will not meet the expectations of the Congolese population".

The first results could be announced as early as Wednesday.

Congo December 30 voted for a successor to the outgoing president Joseph Kabila. He supports the ruling party's candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who is subject to the sanctions of the European Union.

First candidate of the opposition Martin Fayulu urged the electoral commission to announce the real results as soon as possible and warned it not to "play with fire, it is very dangerous".

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