After a day of heated discussions in the Congolese National Assembly in Leopoldville, Sept 7, the Chamber of Deputies decided by 60 votes to 19 to regard as null and void the mutual dismissals proclaimed by President Kasavubu and Prime Minister Lumumba.
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Background: After a day of heated discussions in the Congolese National Assembly in Leopoldville, Sept 7, the Chamber of Deputies decided by 60 votes to 19 to regard as null and void the mutual dismissals proclaimed by President Kasavubu and Prime Minister Lumumba.
Only about 50% of the members attended and many of Mr Lumumba's opponents - he voted for the motion - left the House at various points during the afternoon. A storm was caused by the appearance earlier during the debate of M. Delvaux, Minister appointed to Belgium, who declared he had just been released from "illegal arrest and interrogation" by the Congolese Army. Together with Foreign Minister Bomboko - then being sought by the Army - he had counter-signed the Kasavubu decree dismissing the Prime Minister.
A simultaneous session of the Senate, which rejected a motion to join the Lower House in studying the constitutional validity Mr Lumumba's action against the President, was remarkable for the absence of Joseph Ileo, the President of the Senate, named by Mr Kasavubu to succeed Mr Lumumba.
Doubts about the attitude of the Senate in the Kasavubu-Lumumba feud were resolved, Sept 8, when Mr Lumumba won a vote of 41 to two, rejecting his dismissal by President Kasavubu. But confusion continued to reign as the President issued another statement, saying he did not recognise the Senate decision and adding that so far as he was concerned the rightful Prime Minister was now Joseph Ileo, who would shortly present himself to Parliament for a vote of confidence.