The Latest: Burundi leader congratulates Congo poll winner

January 20, 2019 - 5:52 am

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's election results (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza congratulated Congo's President elect Felix Tshisekedi and the Congolese people on the election result.

"Through a fully organized electoral process without outside influence and the wisdom of President Kabila, Congo has just defended its dignity and sovereignty. #Burundi congratulates the elected President, HE Felix A. Tshisekedi and the step taken by the Congolese people. "

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12:00 p.m.

Congo's Constitutional court confirmed the victory of Felix Tshisekedi, dismissing the claims of massive vote fraud by runner-up Martin Fayulu.

Tshisekedi's supporters celebrated the court decision, announced early Sunday, by driving their motorcycles and cars in a procession through Kinshasa. Later the capital city was quiet, with people attending church. Other cities across Congo were also reported to be quiet.

But Fayulu's declaration that he is Congo's "only legitimate president" and call for the Congolese people to peacefully protest what he called a "constitutional coup d'etat" threatened to keep the country in a political crisis that has been simmering since the Dec. 30 elections.

Tshisekedi welcomed the court's decision confirming him as the winner of the presidential election saying it was a victory for the entire country.

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