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Supporters of Congo's president-elect celebrated an unlikely win Thursday, but the runner-up denounced a fix and France, Belgium and the Catholic Church all cast doubt on the results. A chaotic vote in the vast and volatile nation of 80 million people has raised fears of renewed violence, and at least two people were killed in clashes at one town in the west.The electoral commission (CENI) announced around 3 a.m. that opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi, 55, had won the Dec. 30 vote, edging out another opposition candidate, businessman Martin Fayulu.Fayulu called the results an "electoral coup" engineered by outgoing President Joseph Kabila to deny him the presidency.Anger over the results, and particularly the Fayulu camp's suspicions that Tshisekedi won by cutting a power-sharing deal with Kabila, could cast a cloud over what is meant to be Congo's first democratic transfer of power in 59 years of independence.Fayulu can appeal the results to Congo's constitutional court but has not yet indicated whether he will.Tshisekedi's margin over Fayulu was less than 700,000 votes, according to the official results.
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