DR Congo election: Joseph Kabila ‘re-elected’
President Joseph Kabila has won the Democratic Republic of Congo’s election, provisional results show.
He obtained 49% of the vote against 32% for veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, the election commission chief said.
Mr Tshisekedi has rejected the results and declared himself president, raising fears of violent protests
The announcement of results has been delayed since Tuesday, with election officials blaming logistical problems.
DR Congo is rich in minerals such as gold, diamond and coltan, which is used in mobile phones. But years of conflict and mismanagement mean it recently came bottom of a survey of living standards around the world.
Riot police are patrolling the streets of the capital, Kinshasa, seen as an opposition stronghold in this country which is still recovering from years of conflict in which some four million people died.
The BBC’s Thomas Hubert in Kinshasa says gunfire has been heard near Mr Tshisekedi’s house but he says there are no crowds or a large police presence.