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World reaction cautious to disputed DRCongo vote result

AFP  |  Paris 

Foreign leaders reacted cautiously to the outcome of DR Congo's 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

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

The (CENI) gave Tshisekedi 38.57 per cent of the vote, ahead of Fayulu with 34.8 per cent.

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

UN urged all sides "to refrain from violence and to channel any eventual electoral disputes through the established institutional mechanisms," his said.

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 Tshisekedi, whose victory has been met with accusations that he had struck a deal with Kabila.

In contrast, 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".

The demanded "clarification" over the result while congratulating "courageous" Congolese voters.

"The has announced provisional results, but we await clarification of questions which have been raised regarding the electoral count.

"We urge all stakeholders to remain calm as the process continues," State Department said in a statement.

He also noted the "importance of Joseph Kabila's decision to abide by his constitutionally mandated term limits and transfer power to a successor".

The said it was waiting for the verdict of election monitors.

"We have also noted that these results have been contested by part of the opposition," said EU

"In the meantime we call on all political actors in DRC to abstain from any kind of act of violence and allow for the democratic process to continue," she said.

however broke ranks to challenge the official result.

"It really seems that the declared results... are not consistent with the true results," told CNews television.

"On the face of it, Mr Fayulu was the coming out of these elections," he said.

The DRC's Catholic Church, he argued, had reached the same conclusion after garnering data from its 40,000 election observers across the country.

The church itself has so far only said that the official results did not reflect the data its observers collected from polling stations.

It has not published the name of the candidate that, in its view, was the true victor.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 09:10 IST