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DRC: Antonie Guterres calls to lift ban on protest

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls on the authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to lift the ban on public demonstrations in view of “credible and inclusive” elections in December, in a supplementary report released on Monday. may.

“Raising the ban on public demonstrations would go a long way in opening the political space, allowing the Congolese people to freely exercise their political and civil rights,” says the UN boss in this document, which covers a month between March and April, says AFP.

Any demonstration of the opposition is prohibited since September 2016 in the country, where the repression of marches of the Catholics since December 31 has made about fifteen dead.

“Persistent differences among political representatives over the electoral process and a closed political space continue to be a threat to holding credible and inclusive elections,” he warns.

As a result, Antonio Guterres “calls on the government to take the necessary steps to build confidence in the electoral process and pave the way for a democratic transfer of power.”

It also asks the “majority party and the opposition to overcome partisan interests and work for the consolidation of democratic practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo”.

Antonio Guterres finally encourages the government to favor women candidates and asks him to release funds for the Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni).

The UN Secretary-General plans to visit Kinshasa in the coming months with African Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat for talks with President Joseph Kabila on the presidential and legislative elections scheduled for December 23.

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