Congo Research Group says data leaks show results were rigged
Constitutional Court is hearing challenge against outcome
By William Clowes and Nizar Manek, 17 January 2019
African heads of state gathered in Ethiopia to discuss the Democratic Republic of Congo’s disputed
presidential election, after questions were raised about the accuracy of the results.
Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was declared the surprise winner of the Dec. 30 poll, ahead of rival candidate Martin Fayulu, who has disputed the outcome. If the Constitutional Court validates the electoral commission’s poll figures, Tshisekedi will succeed Joseph Kabila, who was barred by the constitution from seeking a third term after leading the cobalt- and copper-rich country for almost 18 years.