January 11, 2019 / 1:19 PM / a year ago

Losing Congo presidential candidate's campaign says he won in landslide

FILE PHOTO: Martin Fayulu, Congolese joint opposition presidential candidate, speaks during a press conference in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Losing Democratic Republic of Congo presidential candidate Martin Fayulu’s campaign said on Friday its tallies showed he had easily won the election ahead of the official winner announced by the electoral commission.

Campaign official Fidele Babala told reporters Fayulu won 61.51 percent of the vote, while president-elect Felix Tshisekedi took 18.86 percent and ruling coalition candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary received 18.49 percent.

Reporting By Stanis Bujakera; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne

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