France urges calm as DR Congo election results contested

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PARIS, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- France on Thursday called on contenders in the Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential race to avoid violence and use constitutional mechanisms to solve disputes over the vote, foreign ministry spokesperson Agnes Von der Muhll said.

"We call on all parties to preserve the calm," she said during her daily press briefing.

"If the presidential candidates wish to challenge the provisional results and obtain more clarity, they should do so through legal ways," she added.

Election officials in the Central African country proclaimed opposition figure Felix Tshisekedi the winner of the election to replace Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the central African country for 18 years.

The runner-up, Martin Fayulu, denounced the results as an "electoral coup," saying they had nothing to do with the truth at the ballot box.

Earlier on Thursday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed doubt over the election results, saying "It seems that the proclaimed results don't accord with what was seen on the ground."

"Clarity on the results must be made," he told CNews television. Enditem

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