France queries DR Congo election outcome

Thursday January 10 2019

Presidential candidate Martin Fayulu leaves

Presidential candidate Martin Fayulu leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 29, 2018. PHOTO | LUIS TATO | AFP 

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The declared outcome of presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo is "not consistent" with the actual results, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday, suggesting opposition leader Martin Fayulu should have won instead.

Main opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was Thursday named the provisional winner in Kinshasa after a delayed count.

"It really seems that the declared results ... are not consistent with the true results," the minister told France's CNews channel. "Mr Fayulu was in principle the leader to come out of these elections."​