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Congo's Fayulu to Challenge Election Results in High Court
Congo presidential candidate Martin Fayulu says he will file a legal challenge to election results that gave the victory to one of his rivals. Speaking Friday to Eddy Isango of VOA's French to Africa service, Fayulu said he will go to the Constitutional Court in Kinshasa on Saturday to demand a recount of the vote. However, Fayulu expressed doubt that the court will reverse the outcome announced by Congo's electoral commission. The commission has declared Felix Tshisekedi, the son of a longtime opposition leader, to be the winner of the December 30 presidential poll.It said Fayulu, a businessman backed by a coalition of opposition parties, came in second. However, Fayulu's campaign says it has tallies showing he won the election with 61 percent of the vote. The Catholic Church and foreign diplomats have also questioned the outcome of the poll. The church said Thursday that the official figures do not correspond to vote tallies collected by its 40,000 election observers around the country. UN Security Council discusses vote VOA United Nations correspondent Margaret Besheer reports the U.N. Security Council held a meeting in New York Friday to discuss Congo's election. The head of the election commission, Corneille Nangaa, told the council via satellite that Congo has two options: accept the results or nullify the election. He said if the vote is nullified, the country would not have a new president until new elections are organized. Current President Joseph Kabila has already remained in office two years past the end of his mandate.He was set to step down this month after 18 years in power, once a new president was elected. In the election, Kabila backed his former interior minister, Emmanuel Shadary, who finished a distant third. Fayulu supporters have accused Kabila of making a deal with the electoral commission to deny their candidate the presidency. The Democratic Republic of Congo has never experienced a peaceful transfer of power since winning independence from Belgium in 1960. Eddy Isango of VOA's French to Africa Service and VOA correspondent Margaret Besheer contributed to this story.

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