DRC: The ruling party rejects the idea of a transition without Joseph Kabila

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By Josephine Lukoya

At a press briefing held on Wednesday (September 13th) in Kinshasa, the spokesman for the President Kabila’s party, Alain Atundu rejected the idea of ​​”a transition without Joseph Kabila” defended by certain political organizations and the civil society.

“Joseph Kabila is complying with the provisions of the Constitution and the New Year’s Eve agreement for the elections in the DRC,” said Atondu Liongo, adding that the agreement “draws up a consensual roadmap on the renewal of the political class in the successful completion of the electoral process.”

President Kabila, he insisted, conformed in all circumstances to the provisions of these two legal and political instruments.

Atudu Liongo also argued that there was no crisis of legitimacy in the DRC: “It is obvious that those who speak of the crisis of legitimacy evoke the prospect of a transition, are considering excluding President Kabila without the elections, only aim to question the constitution and the agreement of the Holy Sylvestre to destabilize the entire electoral process.”

Civil society organizations in the DRC and some citizens’ movements signed the Congolese Citizen ‘s Manifesto on Friday (August 18th) in Paris (France), in which they demanded “a citizens’ transition, whose leaders will be appointed following a” a national consultation whose main task is to organize credible, transparent, open and free elections and which will not be candidates. ”

This is a thesis already defended by the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), the main opposition party.

UDPS deputy secretary-general Felix Tshisekedi spoke on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Kinshasa on a political morning at his party’s headquarters, about the idea of ​​a short “six-month transition” without the president Joseph Kabila, if the elections are not organized in December 2017 as foreseen by the New Year’s Eve agreement

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