Forces for Renewal

The Forces for Renewal (French: Forces du Renouveau) is a political party in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The party originated as a breakaway faction of the rebel Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD) and was previously known as the RCD-Kisangani-Movement for Liberation.

Forces for Renewal
Forces du Renouveau
LeaderAntipas Mbusa
Founded2003
Headquartersavenue Haut commandement, Gombe, Kinshasa
IdeologyFederalism
Liberalism
Political positionCentre-right
ColoursLight Blue, White
Seats in the National Assembly
6 / 500
Seats in the Senate
7 / 108

The RCD-K-ML was accorded 15 seats in the Transitional National Assembly and participated in the Transitional Government headed by Joseph Kabila.

Human Rights Watch has accused RCD-K-ML of conscripting child soldiers.[1] They were also involved in the Ituri conflict.

Their leader, Antipas Mbusa came eleventh in the 2006 presidential elections with 96,503 votes, and won 26 seats in the simultaneous election to the National Assembly. In the 2011 general election, the Forces for Renewal lost 20 seats in the National Assembly.

It won seven out of 108 seats in the indirect elections to the Senate.

It joined the government of Antoine Gizenga where Mbusa became Foreign Minister.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ CHILDREN ASSOCIATED WITH ARMED FORCES AND GROUPS Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine, The Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, 2006-01-31, accessed on 2007-02-11