No guarantee yet DRC’s Kabila will step down

DRC TollFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE United States is demanding an assurance Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila will not seek another term at elections that have been moved to 2018.

It wants guarantees the constitution would not be tampered with to enable him extend his stay in power.

Elections were due this month but have been postponed to early 2018 following a so-called national dialogue that concluded the Central African country was not ready for polls.

Kabila was constitutionally mandated to step down in December but has stayed on in power following the postponement of the polls.

He has been in power since 2001 when his father was assassinated.

John Kirby, US Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, urged warring parties to address remaining concerns, including a timeline for presidential elections in 2017.

Kirby urged the opposition Rassemblement coalition and refrain from inflammatory rhetoric or actions inconsistent with democratic norms.

Scores of opposition protestors have been jailed and others have been fatally shot during demonstrations.

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