National Assembly results finally announced
Results for the legislative assembly elections held on 28th November have finally been announced.
As with previous elections there are a large number of parties winning a small number of seats in the 500 seat National Assembly. Parties loyal to President Joseph Kabila, who won the presidential election on 28th November took 260 seats, giving them a narrow majority.
Kabila’s own party, the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD), dropped from 111 seats to 62 seats, many of which went to smaller parties.
The party of the opposition leader, Étienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) took 41 seats, and all the parties in the official opposition took 110 seats.
A further 113 seats were won by non-aligned parties, with 17 seats where the result has been annulled remaining unfilled.
Tshisekedi, who came second with 32.33% of the vote in the presidential election, said that the vote was heavily fraudulent and declared himself the new president. Whilst the opposition parties will be pleased with the gains it is unlikely that the post election unrest will go away quickly.