DRC "On the Brink of Collapse"

October 18, 2016



As the world watches on, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) may be “On the Brink of Collapse” according to Al Jazeera. In an article published on September 23, 2016, the article outlines the dangerous and fragile state of the DRC. Currently, the DRC is expected to hold a free and fair election by the end of the year. Although many opponents of the current President Joseph Kabila, have claimed that “he is laying the groundwork to delay elections”. As elections in the DRC have been continuously pushed back, more groups have criticized President Kabila of trying to reform the constitution or maintaining his power beyond his two-term mandate. Unfortunately, the case of the DRC is not unique. Leaders on the continent have consistently been found to change laws and constitutions as a way to hold power past their mandated terms. Although experts believe that elections in the DRC can’t be perfect, they do all agree that they need to happen. Without elections the country has become fractured, and the situation continuously deteriorating. Within the international community, there is extreme concern over the stability of the country. The DRC has recently used an excessive use of force on its own people, resulting in both a large number of deaths, arrests and injuries. As well, with a history of human rights abuses, this pattern of impunity is feared to worsen this critical situation in the DRC. 

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