FCC of DRC begs parliament majority

DRC President elect Felix Tshisekedi, Photo: Media

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The Democratic Republic of Congo, ruling party Common Front for Congo (FCC) coalition has once again won a parliamentary majority according to results published by the country’s elections commission.

FCC is a party led by the outgoing president Joseph Kabila.

A parliamentary majority for FCC means Congo’s president-elect, Felix Tshisekedi, will have to strike a power-sharing deal with the former or face the possibility of a lame duck presidency. Tshisekedi’s Prime Minister will therefore come from the pro-Kabila coalition.

According to the results of the December 30 elections published on Friday by the independent national electoral commission, the pro-Kabila coalition, the Common Front for Congo won 288 of the 500 seats in the Congolese national assembly.

The outfit already exceeds the threshold of 250 seats needed for a majority out of a total of 500, according to an AFP count based on results released by the Independent Electoral Commission (CENI).

Tshisekedi’s Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) and its Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC) affiliate only managed 46. Martin Fayulu, who came second in the presidential race won 94 seats with his Lamuka coalition.

Meanwhile, Martin Fayulu the runner-up in the presidential election has denounced Tshisekedi’s victory and the allegedly apparent power-sharing deal with Joseph Kabila as an ‘electoral coup’. He claims he won the race with 61% of the vote and this is backed by the church.

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