Congo's Catholic church challenges poll results

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KINSHASA, Congo (AP) Congo's Catholic church says official presidential election results do not agree with the outcome that its 40,000 observers compiled in recording the results posted at all polling stations.

The church had the largest election observer mission.

Its secretary general, the Rev. Donatien Nshole, refuses to say who won the election according to its findings.

But diplomats briefed on the results say they indicated opposition leader Martin Fayulu won easily.

The surprise win of opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi is disputed by Fayulu, who alleges a backroom deal with President Joseph Kabila.

Nshole urges all Congolese to remain peaceful and says those who challenge the official results should do so within the legal framework and without violence.