Tshisekedi issues warning over results
Kinshasa - Veteran DR Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi has issued a veiled threat of renewed violence after saying he rejected early election results showing President Joseph Kabila ahead.
Last week's vote, just the second since back-to-back wars that gripped the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1996 to 2003, was marred by deadly violence, rioting at polling centres and the long wait for results.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) released updated results on Saturday showing Kabila ahead of Tshisekedi by 51% to 34% with 33% of polling centres counted.
But the tally included more of the incumbent's traditional strongholds in the restive central African country than those of his main rival.
Tshisekedi said his party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), had a warning for Kabila and CENI chief Daniel Ngoy Mulunda.
"I'm warning Mr Ngoy Mulunda that the UDPS not only rejects these results, but warns Mr Ngoy Mulunda and Mr Kabila to respect the will of the Congolese people in publishing the results that will follow.
"I'm going to say that, if they don't, they risk committing suicidal acts.
"I call all our people to stay vigilant so that if needed they can execute the orders I will give them."
The latest results included 55% of polling centres in Katanga province, where Kabila is traditionally popular, but just 3% of polling centres in Kinshasa, where Tshisekedi has strong support.
The other nine candidates were trailing far behind. Ex-national assembly speaker Vital Kamerhe was in third place with 5%.