Update: Potential Election Dates and The Merger of Opposition Parties in DRC

June 20, 2016

Current president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila has held the presidential position for the past fifteen years. In light of the fact that Kabila has been democratically elected into office since 2006, the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo specifies that Kabila must step down from office by the end of 2016. However, recent developments suggest possible modifications to the constitution on President Kabila’s part in an attempt to prolong his presidential term beyond 2016. Furthermore, as of May 2016, a ruling passed by the Constitutional Court declared Kabila as within reason to maintain his presidential position following the end of his term in December, should the country fail to reach a consensus regarding the selection of election dates by November. According to various media outlets such recent developments have led to the merger of opposition parties under the leadership of politician Etienne Tshisekedi against the reelection of current president Kabila. Ultimately the outcome of impending elections and current attempts by opposition parties to influence Kabila’s removal from power after the end of his second term will determine the future state of affairs of the country. 

 

 

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