Congo: Presidential party wins 111 of 151 seats of the National Assembly

The Congolese Labour Party (PCT) of President Denis Sassou Nguesso won 111 seats out of the 151 in the National Assembly of Congo, after two rounds of legislative elections, according to the results published Tuesday by the Minister of Territorial Administration.

The polls were marked by a low turnout of voters, observers said. The authorities did not give the rate of participation in this legislative election.

In the second round, the former single party PCT added nine seats to the 102 it won in the first round, according to results read out on state television by Interior Minister Guy-Georges Mbaka.

The former president of the Congolese opposition federation Claudine Munari defeated PCT Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Jacqueline Lydia Mikolo.

The Union of Humanist Democrats (UDH-YUKi) of the late opposition leader Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas won seven seats in the new National Assembly, the same number of elected members as the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS), which had previously been the largest opposition party.

During the electoral process, “peace, serenity and national cohesion have been preserved”, said Guy-Georges Mbaka, the minister in charge of elections.

The Congolese National Assembly is due to elect a bureau in the next few days, while a technical reshuffle of the government is planned, according to government sources.

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