DRC – PM Rules Out Kabila Third Term
DRC Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala has confirmed that President Joseph Kabila will not seek a third term in the upcoming elections, which have been repeatedly delayed since 2016 and are currently scheduled for 23 December.
Speaking during an engagement at the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Canada, Tshibala said "The elections are going to take place without the participation of President Kabila who will abide by the spirit and the letter of the constitution."
Concern regarding Kabila’s intentions to remain in office has been growing as delays to the polls persist. Promotional posters and videos featuring the President, as well as recent appointments to the country’s constitutional court have been read as indicators of his intention to continue in office. Government had previously stated that Kabila would name a successor in July.
Meanwhile the opposition continues to express its intentions to work together in the upcoming poll with Felix Tshisekedi and Moise Katumbi among the favourites to lead the challenge. Katumbi remains in exile, however, addressing supporters at a rally in Kinshasa via Skype last week.