Current Political Climate in the DRC

October 11, 2016


            The current political climate in the DRC is one characterized by instability, uncertainty and terror. Following the electoral commissions failure to assign a date for the upcoming elections, citizens in the capital, Kinshasa and other rural areas have taken to the streets to engage in protests against the continual deferral of the general presidential elections. The oppositional party and its supporters maintain their claims that current president Joseph Kabila is trying to retain his presidential power despite the countries constitutional restrictions that limit him from acquiring a third term in office. As of September 30th, 2016, at least 17 people were killed during protests turned confrontations between protesters and the state police. What started out as peaceful protests quickly escalated to enraged acts of violent including the incineration of offices occupied by elected officials recognized as loyal supporters to Kabila and his regime. In addition to starting fires, protesters engaged in the destruction various forms of public property, ranging from billboards of President Kabila to blazing cars on fire. Essentially, the protests have transformed into violent clashes. In response to the violent opposition rallies and the use of violent tactics by the state police to supress demonstrations, the United States imposed sanctions on two high ranking authorities, freezing their funds in the U.S in an attempt to convey a warning to Kabila requesting and demanding him to comply with the countries constitution and hold elections by the end of the year.




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