Unified Lumumbist Party
|Unified Lumumbist Party|
|Founded||August 22, 1964|
|Headquarters||6, Rue Cannas, Limete, Kinshasa|
|International affiliation||Socialist International (observer)|
|Seats in the National Assembly|
|Sears in the Senate|
|Politics of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Unified Lumumbist Party (French: Parti Lumumbiste Unifié or PALU) is a political party in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is led by Antoine Gizenga who placed third in the 2006 presidential election. Gizenga backed the incumbent president Joseph Kabila in the runoff election, and was subsequently named prime minister in December 2006.
The party's name comes from Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of Congo after its independence in 1960 from Belgium. PALU also won 34 out of 500 seats in the new parliament and became the third largest party. In the 19 January 2007 Senate elections, the party won only 2 out of 108 seats.
Gizenga resigned as Prime Minister on 25 September 2008 for reasons related to age and health, and on 10 October 2008 Adolphe Muzito, another member of PALU who had served as Budget Minister under Gizenga, was appointed to succeed him.
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