Jan 12, 2019 19:09 UTC
  • DR Congo presidential runner-up appeals against result

Martin Fayulu, the runner-up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's presidential election, has filed an appeal against the result of the election.

On Thursday, the country’s electoral commission declared Felix Tshisekedi as the winner of the December 30 election.

On Friday, Fayulu's legal team appealed to the Constitutional Court to annul the announced result.

"The request seeks the annulment of the result declaring Felix Tshisekedi president," Fayulu's lawyer Feli Ekombe told reporters on Saturday.

The presidential election, which was intended to be Congo's first democratic transfer of power in six decades, is now threatening to reawaken violence in the huge and tumultuous nation, where millions have died during civil wars since the 1990s.

Despite pre-election polls predicting a landslide victory for Fayulu, the national election board (CENI) declared Tshisekedi as the winner of the vote.

Fayulu's supporters, who took part in a protest rally in Kinshasa on Friday to contest the election result, claim the businessman-turned-politician won the vote.

The tally by Fayulu's camp showed that he won 62 percent of the votes, with Tshisekedi taking only 19 percent of the ballots.

Fayulu's supporters say authorities rigged the result in a deal to protect members of President Joseph Kabila's outgoing administration and maintain his influence over security forces.