Democratic Republic of Congo’s opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu has demanded a manual recount in the country’s presidential election last month after rival Felix Tshisekedi was declared the winner by the electoral commission with over 38%. Fayulu, the presidential runner-up, delivered his appeal to the electoral commission on Saturday. Troops were also deployed near his residence and outside the court. He accuses Tshisekedi, an opposition candidate, of making a deal with outgoing President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power or the last 18 years. Kabila has signaled he intends to stay in politics and could run for president in 2023 when he is no longer restricted by term limits. In a Tweet, Fayulu said the result did not reflect the “truth of the ballot boxes” and that they were “fabricated out of whole cloth”. On Saturday, the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, called for calm in the country following the announcement of the provisional results of the long-delayed presidential vote.