Unified Lumumbist Party

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Unified Lumumbist Party
Parti Lumumbiste Unifié
Leader Antoine Gizenga
Founded August 22, 1964 (1964-08-22)
Headquarters 6, Rue Cannas, Limete, Kinshasa
Ideology Lumumbism
Political position Left-wing
National affiliation Alliance of the Presidential Majority
International affiliation Socialist International (observer)
Colours Red, White
National Assembly
34 / 500
3 / 108

Unified Lumumbist Party (French: Parti Lumumbiste Unifié or PALU) is a political party in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The party's name comes from Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of Congo after its independence in 1960 from the Belgian colonial empire.

It is led by Antoine Gizenga who placed third in the 2006 general election. Gizenga backed the incumbent president Joseph Kabila in the runoff election, and was subsequently named prime minister in December 2006. PALU also won 34 out of 500 seats in the new parliament and became the third largest party. In the 2007 senate election, 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.[1]

In 12–13 December 2014, the party was admitted into the Socialist International as an observer affiliate.[2]

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