Revolutionary United Front
|National affiliation||United Patriots|
|International affiliation||International Patriotic League|
|Seats in the National Legislative Council|
200 / 400
The Revolutionary United Front (abbreviated RUF) is the current ruling party of Lyoa. It originated as the Revolutionary United Forces during the First Lyoan Civil War and was established in 2002, when the RUF captured Tigera. Its founder was Marcil Yantanda, the main commander of the RUF rebel group at the time. Since 2012, it has been lead by the incumbent president of Lyoa, Kemoh Foday.
The party was formed during the civil war, but did not officially become registered until the Orléans Peace Accords in 2003, which integrated all rebel factions as political parties. Originally dominated by Kindus and Tgbalas, the RUF has since expanded to include members of all Lyoan ethnic groups, including the Lakku people, the second-largest group. Despite this, the party still uses the Kindu language as their secondary language to Lyoan.
The RUF's youth wing is the Imbonerakure, which also doubles as a paramilitary. The Imbonerakure typically provides security for RUF events, and has been accused of violence against RUF's opponents. The Imbonerakure is led by Angela Nyabenda.
The RUF was founded on October 14, 2002 immediately following the Battle of Tigera. It was founded by Marcil Yantanda, the main RUF rebel commander at the time. Despite this, the party was not formalized until mid-2003 following the end of the first civil war. The RUF was first elected in 2006, and has subsequently won every single presidential election. The RUF has also maintained a steady majority in the National Legislative Assembly since the first legislative elections in 2007. The party has effectively established a one-party dominant state in Lyoa. In 2008, the RUF founded the United Patriots coalition, which led to an alliance with the National Patriotic Front of Lyoa and the Populist Forces for Lyoan Liberation. Since then, the coalition has expanded to include the Holy Resistance Party, the Lyoan Liberators Party, and the People's Defense Organization.
|Term of office & mandate
Duration in years and days
|3 years and 111 days|
|6 years and 1 day|
|8 years and 306 days|
- Marcil Yantanda, founder of the RUF rebel group and first president of post-war Lyoa.
- Joseph Kyundu, second RUF president of Lyoa.
- Kemoh Foday, incumbent president of Lyoa.
- Jusu Mansaray, former RUF warlord, first post-war vice president.
- Kandeh Luseni, first Muslim vice president.
- Amelia Maluku, first female vice president.
- Alexander Nyarashe, Secretary of Defense and presidential candidate.
- Alix Guidon, mayor of New Bostonia and presidential candidate.
- Iván Duarte Márquez, governor of Ilebo and prominent Romerist.