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Congo opposition leader declares himself president as court upholds election result

Congo opposition leader declares himself president as court upholds election resultCongo's political standoff deepend on Sunday after the top court backed the contested presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi, then his main rival rejected the ruling, called for protests and declared himself leader. As Mr Tshisekedi's supporters celebrated the ruling in the streets of Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, runner-up Martin Fayulu said the decision had opened the way to a “constitutional coup d'etat”, raising fears of more violence. Rwandan President Paul Kagame – the chair of the African Union which has said it has “serious concerns” about the vote and called for the results to be delayed – was due to arrive in Kinshasa with an AU delegation to discuss the crisis on Monday. Last month's delayed election was meant to mark the first democratic transfer of power in the vast central African country, where conflicts have regularly destabilised the region. Felix Tshisekedi, leader of Congolese main opposition party, the UDPS Credit:  BAZ RATNER But monitors pointed to major flaws in the poll. Unrest over the vote has already killed 34 people, wounded 59 and led to 241 “arbitrary arrests” in the past week, according to the U.N. human rights office. In the early hours of Sunday, the Constitutional Court ruled that a legal challenge to the result filed by Fayulu was inadmissible. “Felix Tshisekedi will become the fifth president of the republic,” government spokesman Lambert Mende said as he welcomed the judgement. Mr Fayulu issued statements dismissing the ruling. “The constitutional court has just confirmed that it serves a dictatorial regime … by validating false results, (and enabling) a constitutional coup d'etat,” he said in one. “I am now considering myself as the sole legitimate President of the Democratic Republic of Congo,” he added in another statement. He called for people to mount peaceful demonstrations – though the streets of the capital were calm on Sunday afternoon. Mr Fayulu says Mr Tshisekedi and outgoing President Joseph Kabila made a deal to cheat him out of a more than 60-percent win – an accusation they both dismiss. The provisional results, announced on Jan. 10, showed Mr Tshisekedi winning with a slim margin over Fayulu. In a speech, Mr Tshisekedi welcomed the victory and said he would seek to mend divisions in the country. “This is the end of one fight and the start of another in which I will enlist all the Congolese people: a fight for well-being, for a Congo that wins,” he said. The Southern African Development Community (SADC), a bloc which includes South Africa and Angola, congratulated Tshisekedi and called for a peaceful transfer of power. “SADC calls upon all Congolese to accept the outcome, and consolidate democracy and maintain a peaceful and stable environment following the landmark elections,” it said. On Thursday, SADC eased pressure on Congolese authorities by backing off earlier calls for a recount. Independent monitors flagged major problems with the election, including faulty voting machines and polling stations where many were unable to vote. The Catholic Church, which had a 40,000-strong team of observers, denounced the provisional result. A tally from the church reviewed by Reuters from about 70 percent of polling stations suggested a victory of 62 percent for Mr Fayulu, a former Exxon Mobil country manager.  MrTshisekedi and Mr Ramazani were virtually neck-and-neck second place with 16.93 percent and 16.88 percent, respectively. Congo – which was ruled by kleptocratic dictator Mobutu Sese Seko for 32 years before tumbling into chaos and war in the late 1990s – is a vital source of copper and other metals, including cobalt.



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10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself

10 of the Kia Telluride's Coolest Design Details, from the Designer Himself



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Carlos Ghosn to 'vigorously' defend himself in Japanese court: son

Carlos Ghosn to 'vigorously' defend himself in Japanese court: sonFormer Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will “vigorously” defend himself in a Japanese court this week after refusing to sign a confession in return for being released from custody, his son has told a French Sunday newspaper. The auto tycoon who has been held since his shock arrest in November on allegations of financial misconduct is due to appear in a Japanese court on Tuesday to hear the reasons for his detention.



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Romney, laying down a marker against Trump, may have boxed himself in

Romney, laying down a marker against Trump, may have boxed himself inMitt Romney’s op-ed criticizing Trump’s character and behavior in office fostered speculation it was the opening salvo for a 2020 campaign, but a lot would have to happen before he mounts a real challenge.



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Whitaker Clears Himself to Manage Mueller Despite Ethics Concern

Whitaker Clears Himself to Manage Mueller Despite Ethics ConcernWhitaker never asked for a formal ethics recommendation, deciding instead, along with a small group of personal advisers, that there was no precedent for him to recuse under these circumstances, the official said. The official revised an account from earlier Thursday that Whitaker was told by ethics officers that he doesn’t have to recuse himself from being involved in the Mueller probe.



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Ghost of Giuliani past: He wouldn't recognize himself as Trump's Mueller attack dog

Ghost of Giuliani past: He wouldn't recognize himself as Trump's Mueller attack dogHistory is an even harsher judge than 'Saturday Night Live.' Rudy Giuliani should stop attacking Robert Mueller's investigation if he wants redemption.



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Dutch Court Rules 69-Year-Old Man Can't Legally Declare Himself 20 Years Younger

Dutch Court Rules 69-Year-Old Man Can't Legally Declare Himself 20 Years YoungerA 69-year-old Dutch man has failed in his attempt to legally declare himself



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Dutch Court Rules 69-Year-Old Man Can't Legally Declare Himself 20 Years Younger

Dutch Court Rules 69-Year-Old Man Can't Legally Declare Himself 20 Years YoungerA 69-year-old Dutch man has failed in his attempt to legally declare himself



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Chuck Schumer Calls On Rick Scott To Recuse Himself From Florida's Recounts

Chuck Schumer Calls On Rick Scott To Recuse Himself From Florida's RecountsSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday urged Gov. Rick Scott



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Contradicting himself, Trump denies knowing acting AG Matt Whitaker

Contradicting himself, Trump denies knowing acting AG Matt WhitakerPresident Trump on Friday said he did not know Mark Whitaker before appointing him acting attorney general, despite saying he did less than a month ago.



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