Belgian Congo general election, 1960

Belgian Congo General Election, 1960

Belgian Congo general election, 1960

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General elections were held in the Belgian Congo on 22 May 1960, in order to create a government to rule the country following independence, scheduled for 30 June. The 137-seat Chamber of Representatives was elected by men over the age of 21. The seats were filled by district-based lists, although only two parties, the Mouvement National Congolais-Lumumba and the National Party of Progress, submitted lists in more than one district.

The MNC-L led by Patrice Lumumba won the most seats, and Lumumba was elected Prime Minister by the National Assembly after forming a coalition with the Parti Solidaire Africain, Centre de Regroupment Africain and some other parties.Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p291 ISBN 0198296452

Following the election, an 87-seat Senate was elected by District Assembly members, and the two chambers elected a president (Joseph Kasa-Vubu of ABAKO) together.

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