September 29, 2016

Top French Minister Warns DRC On Brink Of Deadly War, Urges Kabila Exit

Top French Minister Warns DRC On Brink Of Deadly War, Urges Kabila Exit


The Democratic Republic of Congo is on the brink of a civil war because a sitting president barred from remaining as head of state is not willing to step down, the AFP news agency has quoted French Foreign Minister Jean-Mark Ayrault as saying.

The French diplomat was addressing students of international relations at Sciences-Po, a leading French university.

“The Democratic Republic of Congo is a very great country, with immense economic and human potential, but on the brink of civil war,” he said.

Joseph Kabila took over after his father was assassinated in 2001, before being elected in 2006 and 2011 ©Junior Kannah (AFP/File)
Joseph Kabila took over after his father was assassinated in 2001, before being elected in 2006 and 2011 ©Junior Kannah (AFP/File)
The minister added, “Alongside the international community, France is playing its part for the national dialogue to take place, so that a date would be set for the elections.”
Jean-Mark Ayrault said his country would guarantee the safety of President Kabila but adds that he should clearly indicate that he is not running, according to AFP.

The constitution bars Mr Kabila, who has been in power since 2001, to run for office again. The opposition suspects that he wants to delay the poll to remain in office.

The election commission says it is not in a position to meet the November deadline for elections as voter registration has not yet been completed in a country with poor infrastructure.

 

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