Martin Fayulu has denounced the DRC election results

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"(But) Felix is more diplomatic, more conciliatory, more ready to listen to others". Fayulu denounced the official results as "rigged, fabricated and invented" and called on the Congolese people to "rise as one man to protect victory".

Mr. Apea asked all institutions in the DRC, from "the sacred to the secular", to respect the results of the Electoral Commission of the DRC and let peace prevail. Spokeswoman Marie-France Idikayi told The Associated Press that "we are waiting for the final deliberations of the electoral commission plenary session to end but the announcement room is prepared".

DR Congo has finally delivered the result of its much-delayed presidential vote, but the risk of an explosion of violence in this notoriously unstable nation remains high, analysts say. Some said the delay allows manipulation in favor of the ruling party.

Police were deployed around the capital, Kinshasa, as the results were read out on national television.

The election commission issued its result before dawn Thursday, attributing 38.57 percent to Tshisekedi (the son of Congo's late opposition leader Etienne Tschisekedi), who a year ago broke away from Fayula.

As the minister said this morning, we welcome the commitment to democracy shown by the Congolese who voted in an atmosphere of calm.

And as the country prepares to enter a new era without President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power since the previous incumbent, his father, was assassinated in 2001, the Secretary-General reiterated "the continued support and commitment" of the United Nations.

The candidate Kabila hand-picked to succeed him, loyalist former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, came third in the poll. Fayulu received more than 6 million votes, or 34 per cent.

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Kabila adviser Kikaya Bin Karubi, however, on Tuesday denied any such contact.

Congo's government cut internet service the day after the vote to prevent speculation on social media.

A two-year wait for a new leader is coming to an end in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but already a post-election crisis is brewing. Western election observers were not invited.

There is increasing tension in the country as many claim the results of the elections do not reflect the polling station and pre-election data.

"The CENI plans to devote 24 to 48 hours to this task, after which time the CENI will schedule the announcement of the provisional results", he said. The church has urged the commission to announce accurate ones. Me Aime Kilolo, spokeswoman for Shadary, said the electoral commission's announcement of Tshisekedi as the victor was "the will of the people". The church replied by saying that only the release of false results would incite an uprising.

Tshisekedi, who received 38 percent of the vote according to the electoral commission, had not been widely considered the leading candidate. The church's results suggest that Fayulu was elected president, and this means that there could be a great deal of unrest in the days to come.

It is not immediately clear whether opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, who had vowed to clean up Congo's widespread corruption and led in polling, will contest the results.

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