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DR Congo Opposition Leader Fayulu campaigns for new presidential poll

In a letter to the African Union (AU), Martin Fayulu, who finished second in the Democratic Republic of Congo presidential election on 30 December last year, has proposed that a new poll be held again in six months.

The candidate for an opposition coalition, repeated his allegation that the vote result had been rigged and that the electoral commission known as Ceni had “quite simply fabricated the results it published”.

During the election, current president Felix Tshisekedi, who attends the two-day AU summit in Ethiopia, was declared winner of the election with 38.5% of the vote, against Mr. Fayulu’s 34.8%.

Opposition leader Fayulu says that he won 60% of the vote arguing that Ceni’s results leaked to the media backed his claim.

The Catholic Church, which says it had 40,000 electoral monitors across the country, also said President Tshisekedi did not win the election.

Despite the position of the influential Catholic Church, the Constitutional Court, however, dismissed an official petition from Mr. Fayulu.

Historians and political observers say President Tshisekedi is the first opposition challenger to win presidential election since the DR Congo gained independence in 1960.

He took over from former President Joseph Kabila who had ruled the country for 18 years since the death of his father Laurent Kabila.

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