Congolese Rally for Democracy

Published 16th November, 2011

The Congolese Rally for Democracy or RCD started life as a rebel force backed by the Rwandan government. The party split into two factions in 1999, the RCD-Kisangani led by Ernest Wamba dia Wamba, and the mainstream RCD-Goma led by Emile Ilunga. They describe themselves as federalist and liberal.

In 2003 the RCD were signatories to the peace agreement and subsequently took 94 seats in the Transitional National Assembly.

In the 2006 election they won 15 seats in the 500 seat National Assembly.

In 2007 they took seven of the 108 seats in the Senate.

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