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DRC's Kabila to lead 'new government' in new deal

28 September 2016, 13:13

Kinshasa - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila should lead a new transitional unity government tasked with organising presidential elections, according to a draft political deal circulated among delegates, BBC reports.

The draft deal which was circulated at government-sponsored talks in Kinshasa was boycotted by the main opposition parties who remained steadfast in their belief that the presidential elections should go ahead in November as originally scheduled.

The opposition leaders additionally maintained that Kabila should leave office in December when his two terms as elected leader ended.

Main opposition rival, Etienne Tshisekedi warned that Kabila would be committing high treason if he remained in office as it would be directly going against the constitution.

According to the central African country's constitution Kabila is barred for running for an additional term. However, the government granted that he stayed in power until the elections take place.

Under the new proposed plan, a unity government would comprise of Kabila acting as head of state with a prime minister being appointed from the opposition's ranks, acting as chair of the unity government.

More than 100 people were killed last week in two days of street clashes between security forces and protesters against a delayed presidential election.

Several opposition party buildings were also burned.

Thousands took to the streets of DRC’s capital, Kinshasa to oppose an election delay which they said was an effort by Kabila to stay in power beyond the end of his mandate in late December.

- News 24


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