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Congo supreme court upholds president's victory

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KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Congo's supreme court has upheld President Joseph Kabila's victory in a contested election in sub-Saharan Africa's largest nation.

The court issued its ruling late Friday, a major setback for longtime opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi who already has rejected the official results showing him in second place.

The 78-year-old opposition leader is enormously popular with the country's impoverished masses, and violence is feared if Tshisekedi orders his supporters to demonstrate.

The November election was only the second democratic vote in Congo's 51-year history, and the first to be organized by the government rather than by the international community.

Observers have expressed concerns about irregularities, saying voter turnout results were impossible high in some districts.

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