Martin Fayulu was the clear winner of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC's) presidential elections in December, a Financial Times analysis of two separate collections of voting data shows, contradicting claims from authorities that rival contender Felix Tshisekedi had won the historic vote. The analysis points to huge fraud in the first change of power since Joseph Kabila took over the presidency of the mineral-rich Central African nation almost 18 years ago. It is likely to embolden critics of Kabila who suspect the Congolese leader is seeking to cling on to power through a deal with Tshisekedi. According to a trove of election data seen by the Financial Times and representing 86% of total votes cast across the country, Fayulu won 59.4% of the vote. Rival opposition candidate Tshisekedi, who was declared the surprise winner last week, finished second with 19%, according to this set of data. A Financial Times analysis of a separate set of voting results collected manually by th...

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