Democratic Republic of Congo runner-up Martin Fayulu: “The constitutional court has just confirmed that it serves a dictatorial regime… by validating false results, (and enabling) a constitutional coup d’etat.”
“We know the Constitutional Court is composed by Kabila’s people, but we do not want to give any chance to Kabila and his team to say…you didn’t follow the law,” Fayulu, 62, told the BBC.
Supporters of Fayulu, who had a healthy pre-election poll lead, have voiced suspicions that Kabila may be looking to negotiate a power-sharing agreement with Tshisekedi if Shadary loses.
“Tensions were mounting while the CENI tabulated the results, notably in light of posturing by parties and candidates,” Leila Zerrougui, head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo, told the meeting, according to the internal report.
Congo’s Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary called for “peace and calm,” adding “I am very confident in victory because the Congolese people will trust me, I campaigned all over the country.”
The elections have been postponed several times. Democratic Republic of Congo has not had a peaceful, democratic transfer of power since the vast Central Africa country became independent from Belgium in 1960.
Campaigning for the long-delayed Dec. 23 poll to choose President Joseph Kabila’s successor had been mostly peaceful until this week, when security forces opened fire to disperse opposition gatherings, killing at least four people.
“The EU should reinforce its sanctions against Shadary to impede the Kabila regime since it’s been the cause of many human rights violations,” Martin Fayulu said at a campaign rally in the city of Kisangani.
“Why don’t we wait for 2023 … to envision anything,” said Kabila in a rare interview at the presidential palace in the capital Kinshasa, wearing a dark blue suit and tie. “In life as in politics, I don’t rule out anything.”