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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rejected the appeal of the African Union (AU), which called for the suspension of the publication of the results of the presidential election.

The AU says it has “serious doubts” about the provisional results published by the electoral commission, according to which Felix Tshisekedi is the winner with 38%.

Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende rejected the AU’s appeal, saying the Constitutional Court is independent enough to ignore the African Union’s appeal.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, acting head of state of the AU, and other African leaders will soon travel to Kinshasa to help unravel the post-election crisis, according to the leadership of the pan-African organization.

Mende said the AU delegation would be welcome in the DRC, but he said the post-election process will not be changed by the AU.

Another opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, declared himself the winner. He asked the Constitutional Court to annul the results and order a “recount of votes”.

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