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French Minister Doubts DRC Election Results

France has queried the authenticity of Thursday’s election results in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), saying they don’t reflect the actual outcome of the hotly contested exercise.

“It really seems that the declared results…are not consistent with the true results,” France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told CNews channel on Thursday.

“Mr Fayulu was in principle the leader to come out of these elections,” he added.

Foreign interference in DRC’s internal affairs has for decades kept the country in a cycle of violence and bloodshed.

Felix Tshisekedi, 55, was today declared president-elect, defeating opposition candidate Martin Fayulu and ruling party’s Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.

The French Minister said the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Congo “made verifications and announced results that are totally different” from what the nation’s electoral body declared.

Fayulu also has dismissed as an “electoral coup”, the results announced by the electoral commission.

But Tshisekedi called for unity, saying he would be a president for winners and losers the election.

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