Movement for the Liberation of the Congo

Published 16th November, 2011

The Movement for the Liberation of Congo started out as a rebel group led by Jean-Pierre Bemba but was involved in the ceasefire of 2003 and took part in the transitional government before the 2006 elections. It describes itself as nationalist and populist.

Bemba was the party’s presidential candidate in the 2006 presidential election and came second to Joseph Kabila. The party also came second, taking 64 of the 500 seats in the National Assembly.

In the 2007 elections the party took 14 of the 108 seats in the Senate.

Jean-Pierre Bemba is currently facing charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity and war crimes.

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