Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Congo candidate Fayulu denounces 'electoral coup'

Delaying of DRC election results announcement increases likelihood of extension of president's mandate to March Congo braces for election results after commission meets overnight
Leonard Rios | 11 January, 2019, 12:32

As Congo anxiously awaits the outcome of the presidential election, many in the capital say they are convinced that the opposition won and that the delay in announcing results is allowing manipulation in favor of the ruling party.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has said that he has taken notice with a satisfied view of the provisional results of the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo released on Thursday.

Tshisekedi's warm words towards Kabila fuelled suspicions among Fayulu's supporters that there had been some sort of behind-the-scenes deal. One vehicle was filled with military personnel in combat gear. "Mr. Tshisekedi was named by Mr. Kabila and we can not accept a plot against the will of the people".

It was not immediately clear whether Fayulu would challenge the election results in court.

Fayulu denounced the results as an "electoral hold up" that were "rigged, fabricated and invented" and do "not reflect the truth of the ballots".

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

There is also a rapidly developing story that the diploma in Marketing and Communications Tshisekedi may have submitted as a condition of his candidacy might not have existed.

According to the National Electoral Commission (Ceni), Mr Tshisekedi received 38.5% of the vote in the 30 December election.

"There's no spirit of revenge", said Felix Tshisekedi, the candidate of the longtime opposition UDPS party. Fayulu got 6.37 million ballots, while Shadary obtained 4.36 million, he said.

Fayulu, however, is backed by ex-rebel Jean-Pierre Bemba and former governor Moise Katumbi, two of Kabila's fiercest rivals.

Apart from the fact that majority of the observers expected the authorities to favour the anointed candidate of the president, Joseph Kabila - who picked Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary to be his successor; there is increased concern over the position of Martin Fayulu, another opposition candidate who had a healthy lead in pre-election polling. "Tshisekedi, with his weaker network, looks like being the junior partner in his accommodation with the Kabila establishment". Mr Tshisekedi's spokesman, Louis d'Or Ngalamulume, said there was "never any deal".

Tshisekedi "is provisionally proclaimed elected as president", CENI President Corneille Nangaa said.

Jose Mourinho lands first job after getting the sack at Manchester United
The Red Devils informed the 55-year-old that his services were no longer required at Old Trafford on December 18 . Sacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has opened the door to a return to Inter Milan and Real Madrid .

CES: Sex-toy firm revoked for hands-free device slam 'sexist' awards
So-called " booth babes ", women demoing products clad in high heels and not much else, were the norm at CES until only recently. In October, the company was notified that it had been selected as an honoree in the Robotics and Drone product category.

Flu season has returned
Health officials are urging people to get the flu shot after a 3-year-old girl died of influenza in suburban Chicago. It's also important to consider that the flu vaccine has been shown to be one of the safest vaccines available.

The UN security council is due to meet today to discuss the situation.

Former colonial power Belgium was more nuanced. There was no immediate United States comment.

The largely peaceful election faced numerous problems as many voting machines that Congo used for the first time malfunctioned.

Many noted that Fayulu's campaign suffered significantly more harassment than Tshisekedi's, and that the latter's rhetoric towards erstwhile enemies underwent a dramatic change in recent days.

But election chief Corneille Nangaa declared Tshisekedi the victor with 38.57 percent of the vote, just ahead of Fayulu with 34.8 percent.

Police installed metal barriers and blocked traffic outside the electoral commission as it continued meetings that began late Tuesday.

The government has cut internet service since the day after the election to prevent speculation on social media about who won, and blocked some radio stations. It remained off in parts of the country on Thursday.

Kabila has ruled since 2001 in the troubled nation rich in the minerals key to smartphones around the world and has amassed vast wealth.

He is barred from serving three consecutive terms, but during more than two years of election delays many Congolese feared he'd find a way to stay in office.

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.

Gleeful Tshsekedi supporters in Kinshasa, a lively opposition stronghold, said they were delighted by the win and happy to see Kabila step down. "This is the beginning of national reconciliation".

Recommended

N Korea’s Kim, China’s Xi discussed how to ‘jointly steer’ denuclearisation talks N Korea’s Kim, China’s Xi discussed how to ‘jointly steer’ denuclearisation talks China has also banned imports of textiles from the North, while several countries have an embargo on selling them luxury goods. Xi was quoted by Xinhua as saying that China supports the U.S. -China negotiations were extended another day to Wednesday.

Manafort suspected of sharing polling data with associate linked to Russian intelligence Manafort suspected of sharing polling data with associate linked to Russian intelligence But according to The Hill , court watchers were able to see the whole filing by copying and pasting the redacted sections. Manafort provided complete and truthful information to the best of his ability", Manafort's lawyers wrote.

HTC teases wireless 'Vive Cosmos' VR headset at CES 2019 HTC teases wireless 'Vive Cosmos' VR headset at CES 2019 Building on the already existing VIVE Pro , HTC is making a minor tweak that could have significant gains for its customers. In fairness, owning a VR headset, there are more than a few sensors and cables that make using it a little bit of a faff.

Sentry Tournament of Champions, Round 3 Sentry Tournament of Champions, Round 3 In Xander Schauffele's case Sunday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, there were actually two moments. The 25-year-old showed no signs of nerves though, hitting his approach to the par-five 18th to 11 feet.

Healthcare facility CEO resigns after Phoenix woman in coma gives birth Healthcare facility CEO resigns after Phoenix woman in coma gives birth One staff member was sacked for making repeated inappropriate sexual comments to patients. "I wasn't there", Meyers said. Last week the state's department of economic security sent investigators to the facility for health and safety checks.

Google Starts Piloting Voice Products for Airlines and Hotels Google Starts Piloting Voice Products for Airlines and Hotels It can also reply to text messages, search for places along your route, add new destinations, and auto-punctuate your messages. The ability to check into flights is rolling out for domestic United Airlines flights first, just like the hotel booking tool.

Manchester United face Arsenal at the Emirates in FA Cup fourth round Manchester United face Arsenal at the Emirates in FA Cup fourth round Burton Albion have been impressive in their Carabao Cup run and are coming into the big game on a good run of results . There's been two City's at times this season .

LG unveils Signature OLED TV R rollable display television at CES 2019 LG unveils Signature OLED TV R rollable display television at CES 2019 To foster new growth drivers, Kwon said LG has been shifting its focus from LCD to OLED to target the growing premium TV market. Nowadays, more and more TV manufacturers are adopting chip technology to improve image quality.

Vic Fangio to be hired as the Broncos’ new head coach Vic Fangio to be hired as the Broncos’ new head coach The next task Fangio assumed was revamping a Chicago Bears defense that ranked No. 30 after the 2014 season. Despite the experience and accolades, Fangio had hardly been considered as a head coach prior to January.

Oil prices rise on trade talk optimism, OPEC cuts Oil prices rise on trade talk optimism, OPEC cuts The oil producers' cartel and its allies, including Russian Federation , promised to cut production by 1.2m barrels per day. International Brent crude futures were at $57.42 per barrel at 0742 GMT, up 9 cents, or 0.2 per cent from their last close.

Common Says the Black Community Failed R. Kelly Victims Common Says the Black Community Failed R. Kelly Victims Kelly has continually denied all claims, ever since they were first publicly reported in 2000 . The Chicago rapper went on to say he thinks the Black community failed the victims of R.

Brazil to move embassy to Jerusalem: Bolsonaro Brazil to move embassy to Jerusalem: Bolsonaro Bolsonaro also reiterated his plans for a presidential decree that would make it easier for Brazilians to legally own guns. Embraer shares were down more than 5 percent in late afternoon trading.

Tottenham beats Tranmere 7-0 in FA Cup for biggest away win Tottenham beats Tranmere 7-0 in FA Cup for biggest away win Here at SunSport we have you covered if you don't have that option, with our LIVE BLOG talking you through all the talking points as they happen.

Hammer attack at Chinese primary school leaves 20 children injured Hammer attack at Chinese primary school leaves 20 children injured The suspect was apprehended at the scene and an investigation has been launched, according to reports. Police in Xicheng, a major district of Beijing , declined to comment when reached by phone.

Patriots to face victor of Chargers-Ravens after Colts beat Texans Patriots to face victor  of Chargers-Ravens after Colts beat Texans However, the Kansas City Chiefs and Chargers were stuck in a log-jammed AFC West. It will be the first meeting this season between the Chiefs and Colts.