Unified Lumumbist Party
Published 16th November, 2011
The Unified Lumumbist Party or PALU was founded in August 1964 and is inspired by the policies of the country’s first prime minister, Patrice Lumumba. The party describes itself as left wing and nationalist.
The party founder, Antoine Gizenga, served in the first government and subsequently was part of the breakaway government in the east of the country. He was imprisoned several times and exiled until 1992.
The party reformed itself in time for the 2006 elections and Antoine Gizenga came third in the presidential election with 13.06% of the vote. In the second round he supported incumbent president Joseph Kabila and after the election was made prime minister, a post he held until his retirement in 2008. He was replaced as prime minister by Adolphe Muzito also from PALU.
In the 2006 election PALU won 34 of the 500 seats in the National Assembly and in 2007 they took two of the 108 seats in the Senate.