DRC – Legislative election

In the Democratic Republic of Congo presidential and legislative elections were held on 28 November 2011. Joseph Kabila was re-elected as president, even though the results was contested. Indeed, Etienne Tshisekedi, the second candidate, has declared himself president, trying to set up a parallel administration in the hope of recognition by the international community.

Anyway, the results of the legislative election were even more contested. the Electoral Commission took until earlier this month to announce the results. Even now, the exact figures are difficulty to identify. However, Jeune Afrique gives some information.

The report states that parties and candidate that support Joseph Kabila have won 341 of the 500 seats. The main opposition party is the Union pour la démocratie et le progrès social (UDPS) of Etienne Tshisekedi. The UPDS has 42 seats. Then, there is the Mouvement pour la Liberation du Congo (MPLC) of Jean-Pierre Bemba with 22 seats. Also, the Union pour la nation congolaise (UNC) of Vital Kamerhe has 16 seats.

So, even though the presidential majority comprises a rather disparate group, it does give the president a strong legislative base. Moreover, the opposition is also divided and will find it difficult to mount a strong challenge.


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