DRC: Kabila Party Loses Seats, Retains Majority

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Official results from November's parliamentary elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo show that President Joseph Kabila's ruling party lost more than 40 percent of its seats.

Full results released Thursday by Congo's Independent National Electoral Commission show Mr. Kabila's PPRD party won 63 seats, down from the 111 it won in 2006. But the PPRD retained its status as the largest party in parliament.

In total, parties allied with Mr. Kabila won 260 seats in the 500-seat National Assembly, while opposition parties took 110 seats.

Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi's UDPS party was the most successful opposition party, winning 41 seats.

Seventeen seats remain unfilled after results were annulled due to election violence, allegations of fraud, and other irregularities. Congo's Supreme Court has yet to rule on those cases.

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.