Pro-Ka­bila camp wins DRC leg­isla­tive poll, re­count sought for pres­i­dency

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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.

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