Ramaphosa 'takes note' of DRC's provisional vote results

President Cyril Ramaphosa has "noted" the provisional results of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a statement said on Thursday.

DRC's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) on Thursday declared Felix Tshisekedi the winner of the presidential elections with 38.57% of the vote, just ahead of rival opposition candidate Martin Fayulu who took 34.8%, according to AP.

Ramaphosa called on CENI "to finalise the process with speed to ensure the credibility of the election and also maintain peace and stability", the statement said.

He congratulated "all parties and stakeholders in the DRC for ensuring peace and stability during the election processes" and urged all regional and international interested parties to "refrain from speculation and allow CENI to complete the process".

Earlier, AFP reported that the influential Catholic Church had notably said the result "does not correspond" with the data collected from polling stations and counting centres by its 40 000 election monitors, although it did not identify the person who it believes has won.

France too said Tshisekedi's win was "not consistent with the true results".

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