30 January 2007

Congo-Kinshasa: Governors And Vice Governors Elected for Nine Provinces

The successful candidates for the DRC governors and vice governors positions were announced last Sunday January 28 2007 by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The elections for the posts in the two Kasaï provinces were postponed as both candidates were suspected of having dual nationalities.

The Alliance for the Presidentioal Majority (AMP), the political platform of President Joseph Kabila, gained a majority with six AMP candidates elected as governors in Bandundu, Orientale province, South-Kivu, Maniema, Katanga and Kinshasa.

The big surprise was the election of AMP candidate André Kimbuta as governor of Kinshasa, a Bemba stronghold.

The MLC party of former presidential candidate Jean Pierre Bemba gained one seat in Equateur, with the remaining governor positions being won by independent candidates in Bas Congo and North-Kivu.

The controversy surrounding the candidate for Kasaï Occidental, Alexandre Kande, and Kasaï Oriental candidate Dominique Kanku began just 48 hours before voting was due to commence on Saturday January 27 last.

It was revealed that both had acquired Belgian nationality, which was deemed anti-constitutional by the IEC.

At present, the IEC are still considering the situation regarding the election of governors for the Kasaï provinces, with a decision expected on Saturday February 10.

The election results mean that the AMP party of President Kabila has a majority control in the National and Provincial Assemblies, as well as the Senate and the Governors.

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