Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi wins DR Congo presidency, says commission

Delaying of DRC election results announcement increases likelihood of extension of president's mandate to March

Scores of Congolese are dancing and cheering outside the electoral commission in the morning after opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was declared the victor of the presidential election.

Fayulu's supporters feared outgoing president Joseph Kabila would rig the vote in favour of his hand-picked candidate, or do a power-sharing deal with Tshisekedi, head of the DRC's main opposition party.

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It will come as a shock to many observers who believed authorities would ensure that the government candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, would be the victor in the polls, the third since the end of a bloody civil war in 2002.

The announcement of a victory by opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu (who the Catholic Church has indicated was the winner) is unlikely, but would pose high risks of looting by military elements and a coup attempt in Kinshasa.

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Members of the electoral commission met on Wednesday night and said results would be announced between 24 and 48 hours. "Where did the extra seven million votes come from [for Tshisekedi's victory]?"

Meanwhile the influential Catholic Church, which deployed 40,000 observers during the vote, said that it knows who won the election.

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The result could still be appealed in the Constitutional Court.

Two of the diplomats said other observation missions, including one conducted by the African Union and one by the Southern African Development Community, also shows that Fayulu received the most votes, the AP reports.

"This is the coronation of a lifetime", the deputy secretary-general of Tshisekedi's party, Rubens Mikindo, said shortly after the announcement that his candidate had won, above the cheers at party headquarters.

Shouts of joy erupted at the commission's offices as the historic results were announced. As Congo anxiously awaits the outcome of the presidential election, many in the capital say they are convinced that the opposition won and that the delay in announcing results is allowing manipulation in favor of the ruling party.

Ahead of the election results, activist groups urged people to "be ready to massively take to the streets" if the outcome didn't match "the truth of the ballot boxes".

He was barred from running for another term under the constitution, and was supposed to step down two years ago, but the election was postponed after the electoral commission said it needed more time to register voters. Its statement has been condemned by officials in Mr Kabila's government.

The vast, mineral-rich Central African country is choosing a successor to departing President Joseph Kabila, in power since 2001.

Already delayed by two years, the announcement of results was postponed by a further week to allow more time to overcome logistical challenges in a country of 80 million inhabitants spread over an area the size of western Europe with nearly no paved roads.

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