January 20, 2019 / 1:20 AM / a year ago

Congo opposition candidate Fayulu declares himself president

FILE PHOTO: Martin Fayulu, Congolese joint opposition presidential candidate, talks to members of the press as he leaves a meeting regarding the code of good conduct ahead of December 30 elections in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, December 29, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu rejected a court ruling on Sunday that his rival won a presidential election, declaring himself president in a move that could stoke further unrest.

“The constitutional court has just confirmed that it serves a dictatorial regime ... by validating false results, (and enabling) a constitutional coup d’etat,” he said in a statement.

The court confirmed Felix Tshisekedi’s presidential election win on Sunday, throwing out two challenges against it.

Reporting by Stanys Bujakera; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by David Gregorio

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