Martin Fayulu, the runner-up in the Democratic Republic of Congo's controversial presidential vote, said on Wednesday he would refuse to take his seat as an MP, describing the role as inappropriate for someone who considered himself to be the country's "elected president."
Democratic Republic of Congo's new president, Felix Tshisekedi, has sought to reassure the country's security forces that he would be as "benevolent" as his predecessor, after taking power in the country's first-ever peaceful change of leadership.
Some Catholic bishops in the Kasai region of DRC have endorsed the election of Felix Tshisekedi as the new president, splitting with bishops in the rest of the country.
Longtime Democratic Republic of Congo leader Joseph Kabila has been ushered out, and his successor has begun by appointing a chief of staff who says there is no time to waste.
Felix Tshisekedi, who takes over as Democratic Republic of Congo's new president on Thursday, is the son and heir of the country's veteran opposition leader but has never himself held high office.
The United States has recognised Felix Tshisekedi as the next president of DR Congo, casting aside concerns over the election as it hailed a historic peaceful transfer of power.
Democratic Republic of Congo's police have dispersed a gathering on Monday of supporters waiting to hear a speech by presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu, his spokesperson said.
The EU says that "doubts remain" over the result of the DRC's disputed election, after the country's highest court declared Felix Tshisekedi president, outraging opponents.
Regional powers hailed Felix Tshisekedi on Sunday as DR Congo's incoming president despite claims by his opponents of an election stitch-up and the EU and African Union warning of doubts over the result.
DRC 's top court has declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner of disputed presidential elections after throwing out a legal challenge by the runner-up.
Felix Tshisekedi is facing his maiden test as president of Democratic Republic of Congo - not from rivals in the political arena, as many have expected, but from striking workers.
Three students and a police officer died in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo during weekend clashes at a protest over water and power outages, according to an updated death toll by the presidency.
Democratic Republic of Congo's new president, Felix Tshisekedi, has turned the spotlight on human rights, on his first full day in office after succeeding Joseph Kabila, in power for 18 years.
Democratic Republic of Congo's new President Felix Tshisekedi made news as soon as he was sworn into office by announcing he would release all political prisoners and by praising his father, the late opposition icon Etienne, calling him "president" to cheers from the crowd.
Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi will be sworn in as Democratic Republic of Congo's next president, sources in Kinshasa have said, as outgoing President Joseph Kabila called for national unity.
Felix Tshisekedi has emerged from his father's shadow to become Democratic Republic of Congo's next president.
The swearing-in of the newly-elected president of DRC, Felix Tshisekedi, may be postponed by two days until Thursday, a source in his coalition says.
DRC on the brink of first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960 after the Constitutional Court on Sunday confirmed the presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi, although questions remain about the result
DRC's election runner-up Martin Fayulu is calling on the international community and the Congolese people to not recognise or obey the newly elected president, Felix Tshisekedi, calling himself the country's only legitimate leader.
The party behind the declared winner of the Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election has rejected the AU's surprise request to delay announcing the final results amid "serious doubts" about the vote.
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