Felix Tshisekedi
Mr Tshisekedi is the son of the late veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi

Kabila’s foe and then friend, Felix Tshisekedi has been declared winner of DR Congo’s presidential election, electoral officials say. The announcement, made overnight, sparked accusations of an “electoral coup” from runner-up Martin Fayulu.

Many observers said that the result did not match data collected by its election monitors.

The ruling party, whose candidate finished third, has not yet contested the result, prompting allegations of a power-sharing deal with Mr. Tshisekedi.

It is an accusation Mr. Tshisekedi’s team denies.

If confirmed, Mr. Tshisekedi will be the first opposition challenger to win since the DR Congo gained independence in 1960. Current President Joseph Kabila is stepping down after 18 years in office.

The capital Kinshasa and other key cities appeared calm on Thursday, but fears remain that the announcement of the result could trigger unrest. UN chief Antonio Guterres appealed for all parties to refrain from violence.

How was the result announced?

In the early hours of Thursday the head of DR Congo’s National Electoral Commission (Ceni), Corneille Nangaa, said Mr. Tshisekedi had received 38.5% of the vote in the 30 December election and had been “provisionally declared the elected president”.

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