Ruling party wins majority in Republic of Congo

Provisional results published overnight from the first round of legislation elections in the Republic of Congo gives the president's party a majority in parliament, with more than 60 deputies.

The results were announced late Thursday by Interior Minister Raymond Zephirin Mboulou. A second round of voting will be held on Aug. 5 in districts where no candidate got a majority of votes.

Opposition parties have so far only secured two deputies in the 139 seats parliament.

The July 15 legislative elections were marred by violence in the district of Gamboma, where supporters of opposition leader Mathias Dzon stormed the voting precinct, demanding the immediate publication of results.

Police opened fire with live rounds, injuring three people.

Dzon lost to ruling party candidate Hugues Ngouelondele, who was also President Denis Sassou-Nguesso's son-in-law. Sassou-Nguesso has been in power since 1997.