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Congo: Congo leader's party loses 45 percent of its seats
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Final election results show President Joseph Kabila's party losing 45 percent of the legislative seats it held before elections in November that international bodies denounced as fraudulent and chaotic.
Kabila still will command a majority in parliament where his "presidential majority" coalition of several parties has won about 300 of the 500 seats.
Electoral officials announced the winning legislators on Thursday. An Associated Press count shows Kabila's party winning at least 61 seats, down from 111. Etienne Tshisekedi's opposition party won 41 seats. Tshisekedi has called the elections "rubbish" and declared he won the presidential vote claimed by Kabila.
The results could weaken Kabila's control, especially in the mineral-rich east where foreign and local fighters terrorize civilians.
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