Kabila’s Party Losing Ground in DRC

Posted January 27th, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Opposition lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are chipping away at President Joseph Kabila's hold on parliament.

Partial results released Friday by Congo's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) show Mr. Kabila's PPRD party won 58 seats, the most of any party in the country's parliamentary elections. But the results put the PPRD on pace to win far fewer than the 111 seats it won in 2006, meaning the PPRD will need the support of numerous allied parties to achieve a majority in the 500-seat legislature.

Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi's UDPS party placed second with 34 seats.

The electoral commission also called for the results to be annulled in seven voting districts where fighting disrupted the vote. Officials said several candidates accused of instigating the violence should be prosecuted.

The parliamentary vote took place November 28th, the same day as the presidential election. While Mr. Kabila was declared the winner, Mr. Tshisekedi has contested the results, and tried to swear himself in as president a month later.

International observers also criticized the vote – which was wracked by violence – as deeply flawed.

The results account for 432 seats out of Congo's 500 seat parliament. Full results of the parliamentary vote are expected Monday.