Leading opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, a Kinshasa lawmaker and businessman, has urged the electoral commission to announce the true results as quickly as possible and warned it not to "play with fire, it is very risky".
"We have also noted that this results have been contested by a part of the opposition", said spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic. Speaking to the press shortly after the results were announced, Fayulu called on the Congolese people to "rise as one man to protect victory".
Mr. Apea added, "Although Congo is not a Commonwealth country at the moment, these elections are very important to me because it represents the first democratic electoral transfer of power in Congo in 59 years". Tshisekedi's supporters with Congo's most prominent opposition group took to the streets in jubilation.
The candidate from Mr Kabila's party had initially been expected to win, but ended up finishing third - and is not challenging the results.
The constitutional court has 14 days to validate them.
Careful statements by the global community did not congratulate Tshisekedi but merely took note of the official results and urged peace and stability in a country with little of it. Observers appeared to be watching for how Fayulu's supporters reacted.
Two diplomats said all major election observation missions, including those of the African Union and the Southern African Development Community, showed similar results to those of the Catholic Church.
There is also a rapidly developing story that the diploma in Marketing and Communications Tshisekedi may have submitted as a condition of his candidacy might not have existed.
The Independent National Election Commission (CENI) gave Tshisekedi 38.57 percent of the vote, ahead of Fayulu with 34.8 percent.
Manchester United face Arsenal at the Emirates in FA Cup fourth round
Premier League champions City are second in the league, four points behind leaders Liverpool and 12 ahead of sixth-placed United. Burton are now ninth in League One and as Sky Sports detailed before the match, the gulf between the two teams was astronomical.
Saudi woman leaves Bangkok airport hotel room
If sent back, she said she would likely be imprisoned, and is "sure 100 percent" her family will kill her , she told AFP . As per a New York Times article, Alqunun boarded a plane to Thailand while her family was on a holiday in Kuwait.
How iTunes content and AirPlay 2 came to Samsung TVs
You can even play music on the TV and sync it with other AirPlay 2compatible speakers anywhere in your home, says Apple . It's also likely that Apple will strike up similar deals with other video platform providers.
"This is because a Tshisekedi presidency would be the least bad alternative to a Shadary victory for the regime as it would put a veil of legitimacy on the electoral process and would be more manageable than a Fayulu presidency", she said.
Why is France having a say in the elections of DR Congo? Fayulu, by contrast, is backed by ex-rebel Jean-Pierre Bemba and former governor Moise Katumbi, two of Kabila's fiercest rivals.
Many Congolese objected to Shadary, suspecting that Kabila would continue to rule from behind the scenes.
France however broke ranks to challenge the official result.
The UN security council is due to meet today to discuss the situation.
The delayed results, 10 days after the December 30 vote, came after worldwide pressure to announce an outcome that reflected the will of the people, with the US threatening sanctions.
If the Constitutional Court validates the result, it'll mark the first transfer of power by the ballot box since Congo gained independence from Belgium almost six decades ago.
Over the past week, the United States and other key governments have urged the electoral commission to publish accurate results or face consequences.
The government has cut internet service since the day after the election to prevent speculation on social media about who won, and blocked some radio stations. "They have stolen the Congolese people's victory and the people will never accept that", said Fayulu, an oil tycoon whose platform had been focused on tackling corruption in the former Belgian colony.