DR Congo opposition candidates rule out poll petition

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Katumbi, Tshisekedi

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s main opposition candidates say they will not challenge the re-election of incumbent President Félix Tshisekedi.

The electoral commission on 31 December declared Mr Tshisekedi winner of the poll with 73% of the vote, with billionaire businessman Moïse Katumbi coming second with 18%.

Mr Katumbi, third-placed Martin Fayulu and Nobel laureate Denis Mukwege are among the candidates whose teams say they will not contest the results at the Constitutional Court.

The deadline to file a presidential petition in court lapses on Wednesday.

The Constitutional Court will have seven days to consider an appeal and make a ruling. If no petition is filed, Mr Tshisekedi will be sworn in on 20 January.

The election was marred by widespread logistical and technical problems.

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