The latest: African regional groups take note of Congo …

The latest: African regional groups take note of the mood in Congo

Associated Press

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) – The latest news on the presidential elections in Congo (all times local):

15:40 hours

African regional organizations take note of the disputed Presidential elections of the Congo and do not congratulate the officially proclaimed winner.

The statements of the regional groups of the Southern and the Great Lakes look forward to the publication of the final results and call for calm in the vast country.

Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu claims to have won 61 per cent of the votes, stating election observers at the influential Catholic Church, and he says he will file a lawsuit on Saturday morning.

He accuses the outgoing president Joseph Kabila of closing a back room deal with the declared winner, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi.

Supporters of the failed candidate candidate of the Congo, Martin Fayulu, meet to hear him speak, in Kinshasha, Friday, January 11, 2019. Hundreds of people gathered to condemn what they called

Supporters of the failed candidate candidate of the Congo, Martin Fayulu, meet to hear him speak, in Kinshasha, Friday, January 11, 2019. Hundreds of people gathered to condemn what they called the "stolen victory of the people" in the presidential election . (AP Photo / Jerome Delay)

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Martin Fayulu, candidate opposition candidate from the Congo, claims to have achieved 61 percent of the presidential election, citing the election observers from the Catholic Church, and he says he will submit the results of the official vote on Saturday morning.

Fayulu accuses the outgoing president Joseph Kabila of closing a back room deal with the declared winner, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi.

The influential Catholic Church has said that its 40,000 election observers have found another winner.

An official of Fayulu's opposition coalition says that Tshisekedi received only 18 percent of the votes, according to the Church's findings.

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14:10 hours

The failed candidate candidate for Congo, Martin Fayulu, says he will contest the official results of the presidential election by announcing the results of the influential Catholic Church and its 40,000 observers, province by province.

Diplomats who have been informed about the results of the church say that Fayulu can easily be won.

Fayulu tells a crowd in the capital, Kinshasa, that his opposition coalition will also announce its own results.

He says that nobody can steal what he & # 39; the victory of the people & # 39; calls.

Fayulu accuses the outgoing president Joseph Kabila of closing a back room deal with the declared winner, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi.

Some fans of Fayulu sing that "if you do not announce Fayulu, we will kill each other."

Congo has been largely calm since the results were announced Thursday morning, but some observers warn that a challenge to the results can lead to unrest.

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12:45

Hundreds of supporters of the failed candidate candidate for Congo, Martin Fayulu, gather in the capital for their "stolen victory of the people & # 39; to denounce.

There is a heavy presence of the police, Fayulu is expected to speak. He accuses the outgoing president Joseph Kabila of a backroom deal with the declared election winner, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi.

Fayulu has two days after the election announcement in early Thursday to bring a lawsuit. The influential Catholic Church says that 40,000 election observers have found another winner, and diplomats who have been informed of the findings say Fayulu won easily.

Congolese are faced with the extraordinary situation of an election that is claimed to have been in favor of the opposition after Kabila's candidate government candidate had done badly.

One supporter from Fayulu says that "change can not be negotiated behind closed doors."

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