Kabila’s rivals snub DRC unity government

DRC Coalition, crisis and constitutional chaos

DRC Coalition, crisis and constitutional chaos

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE international community has welcomed the transitional government in the Democratic Republic of Congo but the country’s outlook is shrouded in uncertainty after some rivals of President Joseph Kabila snubbed the negotiations.

The African union-led agreement some opponents contest would culminate in Kabila continue as President, while the opposition that participated in the dialogue will assume the position of Prime Minister.

Kabila’s presidential majority and relevant opposition will also see changes in the Senate.

Parties to the Agreement agreed to ensure that the Voter’s Register is finalized by July 2017.

Elections are now scheduled for April 2018.

However the process was marred by a coalition of opposition groups challenging Kabila’s inclusion.

They accuse Kabila, in power since the assassination of his father in 2001, of violating the constitution.

His term initially was scheduled to end in December after elections in November.

United Nations and the Southern African Development Community urged the aggrieved parties to embrace peace.

(The secretary-general calls on political groups who were not part of the national dialogue to seek to resolve their differences peacefully,” UN head, Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson said.

SADC Executive Secretary of, Stergomena Lawrence Tax, also appealed for calm.

Scores of civilians have been killed during violent protests against Kabila’s prolonged stay in power.
– CAJ News

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