In Summary
  • Provisional results from the Democratic Republic of Congo's much-troubled election granted victory to opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi.
  • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged all sides "to refrain from violence and to channel any eventual electoral disputes through the established institutional mechanisms".
  • African Union leader Moussa Faki Mahamat was similarly restrained.

PARIS,

Foreign leaders reacted cautiously to the outcome of DR Congo's presidential election Thursday, with many choosing not to congratulate the man declared winner and appealing for disputes to be settled peacefully.

Provisional results from the Democratic Republic of Congo's much-troubled election granted victory to opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi.

"COUP"

But his opposition rival Martin Fayulu immediately cried foul, branding the results "an electoral coup".

The Independent National Election Commission (CENI) gave Mr Tshisekedi 38.57 percent of the vote, ahead of mR Fayulu with 34.8 percent.

President Joseph Kabila's preferred successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, came a distant third with 23.8 percent.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged all sides "to refrain from violence and to channel any eventual electoral disputes through the established institutional mechanisms," his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

African Union leader Moussa Faki Mahamat was similarly restrained.

"It is important that any disagreement over the proclaimed results, notably that they did not reflect voters' wishes, be resolved peacefully, by turning to the relevant laws and through political dialogue between the parties involved," he said.

His statement notably did not congratulate Mr Tshisekedi, whose victory has been met with accusations that he had struck a deal with Mr Kabila.

CENI ROLE

In contrast, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, one of the key players on the continent, urged interested parties to "refrain from speculation and allow CENI to complete the process".

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