DR Congo ex-leader coalition wins Senate majority

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Former Democratic Republic of Congo President, Joseph Kabila’s coalition has won a clear majority in senate elections.

“Mr Kabila’s Common Front for Congo (FCC) coalition won more than 80 of 108 seats in the senate, or upper chamber, Felix Momat,” a senior FCC official said.

The electoral commission has not published the official result yet.

Only the provincial assembly members are allowed to vote in this poll and the overwhelming majority of those are from the FCC.

Reports say the vote has been clouded by allegations that parties were paying provisional assembly members to vote.

Mr Kabila did not stand for the last election.

Opposition leader, Félix Tshisekedi won but observers say this result will undermine Mr Tshisekedi’s ability to govern independently.

 

Sammie Idika