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Both sides claim victory in Congo

The first figures from the count show that Felix Tshisekedi, from the main opposition party, is in parallel with the other utmanarkandidaten Martin Fayulu at just over 40 per cent. This is according to Vital Kamerhe, kampanjchef for Tshisekedi. The ruling alliance's candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary is currently far behind with a modest 13 percent, according to Kamerhe.

Felix Tshisekedi. Photo: Luis Tato/AFP

In Shadarys camp, the picture is the opposite.

"For us is victory a matter of course," says Nehemie Mwilanya, chief of staff for the outgoing president, Joseph Kabila, and employees in Shadarys election campaign, at a press conference.

of the votes counted. The final result of the election is expected to be published first on 15 January.

Sunday's election was held after two years of delays. If all goes as planned, it may be the first peaceful transition of power in the country in decades. Election day was marked, however, by allegations of fraud and unrest. At least four people have been reported dead in the clashes at a polling station in the oroshärjade the province of South kivu.

Counting in Kinshasa on Monday. Photo: Marco Longari/AFP

the Voting was delayed on a number of sources, including due to technical problems with the new electronic voting system.

the choice went still ”relatively quiet”, according to the country's influential catholic bishops ' conference Cenco. The church's election observers, who claims to have been present at 78% of polling stations, is expected to leave a first more detailed report on Monday.

That the elections be postponed for two years, and that the incumbent president, Joseph Kabila, meanwhile, stayed in power despite the protests, many suspect the more extensive rigging in order to ensure that the governing alliance's candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, wins. The favourite in the polls ahead of the elections has been the until recently relatively unknown mp and businessman Martin Fayulu.

Kabila has ruled dr Congo since 2001, when he took over power after his father, who was murdered during the war.

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