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DR Congo presidential election: Church questions results

It is the first-ever opposition victory - but the Church, France and Belgium have expressed doubts.
Supporters of Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) who was announced as the winner of the presidential elections, celebrate outside the party's headquarters in KinshasaImage copyrightReuters
Image caption There have been jubilant celebrations from Felix Tshisekedi's supporters

The influential Catholic Church has questioned the official results of the Democratic Republic of Congo's controversial presidential election.

Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi was named the winner on Thursday.

However, the Church, which posted 40,000 election observers, says the result does not match its findings.

The runner-up, opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, has told the BBC he will mount a legal challenge against the official vote count.

"The result is a coup and not the truth from the ballot," he said on Thursday. "The Congolese want change."

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