Congo declares Felix Tshisekedi winner of presidential poll

Kinshasa residents celebrate in Kinshasa Thursday Jan. 10, 2019, after learning that opposition presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi had been decla

Kinshasa residents celebrate in Kinshasa Thursday Jan. 10, 2019, after learning that opposition presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi had been decla

Residents celebrate in Kinshasa, Congo, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019, after learning that opposition presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi had been declar

Residents celebrate in Kinshasa, Congo, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019, after learning that opposition presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi had been declar

FILE - This Nov. 23, 2018, file photo shows Felix Tshisekedi of Congo's Union for Democracy and Social Progress opposition party, at a press conferenc

FILE - This Nov. 23, 2018, file photo shows Felix Tshisekedi of Congo's Union for Democracy and Social Progress opposition party, at a press conferenc

Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu wipes his face before speaking to the press at his headquarters in Kinshasa, Congo, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019. Fayulu,

Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu wipes his face before speaking to the press at his headquarters in Kinshasa, Congo, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019. Fayulu,

Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu speaks to the press at his headquarters in Kinshasa, Congo, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019. Fayulu, who came second in the

Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu speaks to the press at his headquarters in Kinshasa, Congo, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019. Fayulu, who came second in the

Residents celebrate in Kinshasa, Congo, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019, after learning that opposition presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi had been declar

Residents celebrate in Kinshasa, Congo, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019, after learning that opposition presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi had been declar

Kinshasa resident watch the preliminary results of the elections broadcast on a television in Kinshasa, Congo, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019. As Congo anxiou

Kinshasa resident watch the preliminary results of the elections broadcast on a television in Kinshasa, Congo, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019. As Congo anxiou

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has been declared winner of the long-delayed, disorganized and controversial presidential election, in an announcement by the electoral commission early Thursday that surprised many, as the vast country braced for possible protests over alleged rigging.

Tshisekedi, who received more than 7 million votes, or 38 percent, according to the official results, had not been widely considered the leading candidate and is relatively untested. The son of late opposition leader Etienne, who pursued Congo's presidency for many years, he startled Congolese shortly before the election by breaking away from an opposition effort to unite behind a single candidate.

Tshisekedi's victory was quickly denounced by opposition leader Martin Fayulu, who claimed the results were rigged. Fayulu denounced the results as an "electoral hold up" and urged protests.