Pro-Kabila camp wins DRC legislative poll, recount sought for presidency
KINSHASA - Parties supporting outgoing Democratic Republic of Congo president Joseph Kabila won a majority in long-delayed legislative elections, according to an AFP tally of results released yesterday, as the opposition sought a recount of the disputed presidential poll.
Pro-Kabila parties had passed the 250-seat threshold required to secure a majority in the 500seat national assembly, according to c ol l a t e d r e s ul t s f r om t he Independent National Election Commission (CENI).
More than 15 000 candidates were running in the poll, which determines who will control Parliament for the next five years.
Pro-Kabila candidates had secured 288 of the 429 seats so far declared, with 141 going to the opposition.
The huge central African coun- try, which straddles an area the size of western Europe, has been in the grip of a two-year political crisis triggered by Kabila's refusal to step down when his two-term constitutional limit expired at the end of 2016. A presidential election to choose a successor was delayed three times before finally taking place on December 30, the same day as the legislative poll.
The poll's runner- up Martin Fayulu, an opposition candidate tipped by pollsters as the likely winner of the vote, told supporters on Friday he would demand a recount. He said he would challenge Corneille Nangaa, Head of the election commission "to produce the tally reports from polling stations in front of witnesses" and Congolese and i nternational observers.
Outgoing DRC p res iden t Joseph Kabila.