Republic of Congo president's party wins majority

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Associated Press

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 8 at 8:01 AM

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Official results published overnight from a second round of legislative elections in the Republic of Congo give the president's party an absolute majority in parliament with 89 deputies.

The results were announced late Tuesday by Interior Minister Zephirin Raymond Mboulou. He said the Congolese Labour Party and its allies won a total of 117 seats in the National Assembly.

The first round of elections on July 15 were marred by violence. A second round was held on Aug. 5 where no candidate got a majority.

Andre Ongagna, the ruling party's administrative secretary, says the gains allow the president to continue his mandate.

President Denis Sassou-Nguesso first ruled the country of some 4 million people from 1979 until a 1992 election defeat, and seized power again in 1997. He was elected in 2002 and then 2009 for a second and final seven-year term.

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