Congo's ruling party wins landslide victory in legislative polls

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo's ruling Labor Party (PCT) has won a landslide victory in the country’s general elections, after clinching 89 of the 139 seats in the National Assembly.

The first round of legislative polls was held 15 July and the second round 5 Aug.

The run-off results were announced late Tuesday evening by the Minister of Interior and Decentralization, Raymond Zéphirin Mboulou.

PCT is followed by independent candidates who won 12 seats, while the leading opposition party, the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS),  won only 7 seats, against 11 in 2007.

PCT and its allies have 117 seats in the National Assembly of Congo.

The Congolese lower house of parliament will have 136 MPs, instead of 139, as three constituencies in the capital, Brazzaville, were unable to vote due to non-review of the voter's register, in the aftermath of the 4 March ammunition blast in Mpila, which left nearly 300 dead.

Since 2002, the Congolese National Assembly has been dominated by the PCT and its allies under the banner of the Rally of the Presidential Majority (RMP).

According to observers from the African Union (AU) and the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), the elections were marred by irregularities.
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08 august 2012 11:49:19




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