Supporters of Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) celebrate along the streets after the judges of the Constitutional Court confirmed Tshisekedi's victory in the president
Supporters of Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) celebrate along the streets after the judges of the Constitutional Court confirmed Tshisekedi's victory in the president

KINSHASA - Congo's police dispersed a gathering Monday of supporters waiting to hear a speech by presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu, his spokeswoman said.

Dozens of people gathered outside his coalition's headquarters in Kinshasa before police arrived and cancelled the event, said Eve Bazaiba.
 
"Our headquarters [HQ] was besieged, our activists began to gather, we began to climb the podium on which our leader should speak, and the police came and took the podium and the speakers,'' she said, adding that police had also blocked the entrance and exit gates at the headquarters.
 
She dismissed calls by declared president-elect Felix Tshisekedi to work together for reconstruction of Congo.
 
"We cannot work together in irregularities," she said. "We cannot build on falsehoods... we want to know the truth of the ballot box first."

FILE - Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, was announced as the winner of the presidential elections. He gestures to his supporters at the party headquarters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jan. 10, 2019.
Congo Calm After Court Upholds Election Win of Tshisekedi

Congo's capital was calm Sunday with residents attending church after the Constitutional Court confirmed the presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi. It was not clear if the population would heed runner-up Martin Fayulu's call for non-violent protests against the court ruling.

Tshisekedi said early Sunday that the court's decision to reject claims of electoral fraud and declare him president was a victory for the entire country.
 
"It is Congo that won," said Tshisekedi, speaking to his supporters after the court decision. "It is not the victory of one camp against another.


The Constitutional Court on early Sunday refused Fayulu's request for a vote recount and reaffirmed the victory of Felix Tshisekedi in the presidential race, saying he received 38 percent of the vote, while Fayulu received 34 percent.

FILE - Martin Fayulu, runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election enters his car after delivering his appeal contesting the Congo's National Independent Electoral Commission results at the constitutional court in Kinshasa, Democ
Tshisekedi Declared Congo’s President, but Runner-Up Revolts

Congo’s election crisis deepened early Sunday when the Constitutional Court confirmed the win of Felix Tshisekedi, rejecting claims of fraud, and runner-up Martin Fayulu promptly declared himself the country’s “only legitimate president.”

Fayulu’s supporters have alleged an extraordinary backroom deal by outgoing President Joseph Kabila to rig the vote in favor of the opposition after the ruling party’s candidate did so poorly that a Plan B was needed.

In his legal challenge, Fayulu said he won 60 percent of the vote according to leaked commission results. The 40,000 person Catholic Church observation mission also affirmed that results from polling stations showed that Fayulu was the clear winner. But the court said that Fayulu did not provide evidence proving his claim.
 
Rejecting the court's decision, Fayulu declared that he is Congo's "only legitimate president" and called for the Congolese people to peacefully protest what he called a "constitutional coup d'etat."
 
Congo's government has called Fayulu's statements "a shame," and irresponsible.
 
"We want the truth of the polls, they stole Fayulu's victory," said Jacques Nzita outside Fayulu's headquarters.
 
Fayulu on Monday called on African presidents to listen to the voice of Congo people.
 
"To African presidents who demand the Congolese to respect the Constitutional Court decision, I ask you to respect the sovereign decision of the Congolese people who elected me president with more than 60 percent,'' he wrote on Twitter. "Don't encourage fraud, lies and forgery."
 
The African Union, which had noted "serious doubts" about the vote and made an unprecedented request for Congo to delay the final results, postponed its urgent mission to Congo planned for Monday.
 
Congo is on the brink of its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960.
 
Tshisekedi's inauguration, which was planned for Tuesday, is now postponed, government spokesman Lambert Mende told The Associated Press. He did not give reasons for the delay, but said it will likely take place Thursday.
 
Also Monday, RFI, CCTV and the television station for opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba came back on the air after being cut two days after December elections. Internet, also cut before the election, had slowly returned in recent days.