DR Congo Denies Kabila Third Term; Agrees To Leave After 2017 Polls

The government and opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have reached a deal that calls for President Joseph Kabila to leave power after the next election. In a concession to the opposition, that vote now will take … Continued

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The government and opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have reached a deal that calls for President Joseph Kabila to leave power after the next election. In a concession to the opposition, that vote now will take place before the end of 2017. Kabila, 45, was due to give up power after the end of his second term as president earlier this month. The end of his mandate on 19 December prompted protests in cities across the DRC. More than 40 people are thought to have died and hundreds were arrested during two days of violence. The clashes came during a pause in negotiations between representatives of the fragmented opposition and the government that have been held under the auspices of the Catholic church. Negotiators have spent weeks in tense talks seeking to ensure the first peaceful transfer of power since the vast resource-rich central African state gained independence from Belgium in 1960. It remains very unclear, however, if leading politicians, including Kabila, will keep to the terms. Kabila will be unable to change the constitution to allow him to stay in power for a third term. This is a crucial concession; Kabila’s aides have long argued that the president has a responsibility to remain in office until free and fair elections can be safely held. Given that the logistic and financial obstacles to holding polls that come close to international standards in the DRC are immense, opponents and many observers fear this is a pretext to remain in power indefinitely. According to the deal, Kabila will appoint a prime minister from the country’s main opposition bloc to oversee the transition, a major sticking point in the final stages of the talks. Neither Kabila nor the country’s leading opposition leader, 84-year-old Etienne Tshisekedi, were expected to sign the deal, raising concerns about whether it would be respected. Spokesmen for the government and Kabila’s ruling coalition were not available for immediate comment. Has Africa had its fill of ‘strongmen’? Read more The talks are being keenly watched in western capitals. The deal is seen as likely to boost pro-democracy activists in other African countries and help counter a trend in recent years of presidents changing constitutions to stand for third terms. International aid is also likely to be essential for any polls. Western and African powers fear the current impasse could lead to a repeat of the conflicts seen between 1996 and 2003 in which as many as 5 million people may have died, mostly from starvation and disease. Advertisement The conflict was the deadliest in modern African history, involving two rounds of fighting in the late 1990s and early 2000s which dragged in at least six countries’ armies. The DRC’s restive east remains a battleground for rival ethnic militias, with a recent upsurge of violence there a concern to many experts. Kabila, a former guerilla commander, came to power in 2001 following his father Laurent’s assassination. He won elections in 2006 and was initially welcomed by the west. A second election win in 2011 was marred by allegations of major fraud. Analysts suggest three possible outcomes to the current crisis. If the instability proves “transitionalâ€, it may lead to a process that brings any new government domestic and international legitimacy. Failing that, a bloody, popular urban uprising could oust the president or the government could collapse slowly as economic weakness, meddling by regional powers and international isolation undermine its authority. SOURCE: GUARDIAN The post DR Congo Denies Kabila Third Term; Agrees To Leave After 2017 Polls appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Rivals Offer Peace a Chance

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -THERE is a glimmer of hope for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo where warring parties have reached a compromise to resolve a deadly political impasse.

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -THERE is a glimmer of hope for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo where warring parties have reached a compromise to resolve a deadly political impasse.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

“We Will Win 2017 Afcon for Nana Addo” – Black Stars Ace Agyemang Badu

[Ghana Star] Stand-in Black Stars captain Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu says his teammates are determined to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to make president-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo proud.

[Ghana Star] Stand-in Black Stars captain Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu says his teammates are determined to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to make president-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo proud.

source: AllAfrica News: Ghana

The ‘Unusual Political Clout’ of the DRC’s Catholic Church

[Deutsche Welle] The Congolese Catholic Church has brokered an agreement between political foes in the DRC, renewing hopes for an end to the political crisis in the country. But why does the Catholic Church hold such sway over the Congo?

[Deutsche Welle] The Congolese Catholic Church has brokered an agreement between political foes in the DRC, renewing hopes for an end to the political crisis in the country. But why does the Catholic Church hold such sway over the Congo?

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Germany’s Focus On Africa for 2017

[Deutsche Welle] German troops in Mali, talks with Namibia over colonial-era crimes and how Berlin is seeking to prioritize Africa during its G20 presidency. Africa could climb up Germany’s agenda in 2017.

[Deutsche Welle] German troops in Mali, talks with Namibia over colonial-era crimes and how Berlin is seeking to prioritize Africa during its G20 presidency. Africa could climb up Germany's agenda in 2017.

source: AllAfrica News: Mali

Is Support for African Military Mission in Somalia Waning?

[Deutsche Welle] 2016 saw the EU cutting back funding to the AMISOM mission fighting jihadists in Somalia. Ethiopia has pulled back some 4,000 troops the country considered unnecessary.

[Deutsche Welle] 2016 saw the EU cutting back funding to the AMISOM mission fighting jihadists in Somalia. Ethiopia has pulled back some 4,000 troops the country considered unnecessary.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Suicide Bombers Attack Airport

[Deutsche Welle] Two suicide car bombs detonated at a checkpoint near Mogadishu’s international airport, close to the African Union’s main base. The extremist al-Shabab group claimed responsibility for the attack.

[Deutsche Welle] Two suicide car bombs detonated at a checkpoint near Mogadishu's international airport, close to the African Union's main base. The extremist al-Shabab group claimed responsibility for the attack.

source: AllAfrica News: Somalia

L’envoyé spécial de l’ONU félicite les parties congolaises de la signature du compromis politique

[Monusco] Nairobi, 1er janvier 2017 – L’Envoyé spécial du Secrétaire général de l’ONU pour la région des Grands Lacs, M. Saïd Djinnit, félicite la Conférce Episcopale Nationale du Congo (CENCO) et les parties concernées de la conclusion heureuse des pourparlers et de la signature du Compromis politique le 31 décembre 2016.

[Monusco] Nairobi, 1er janvier 2017 - L'Envoyé spécial du Secrétaire général de l'ONU pour la région des Grands Lacs, M. Saïd Djinnit, félicite la Conférce Episcopale Nationale du Congo (CENCO) et les parties concernées de la conclusion heureuse des pourparlers et de la signature du Compromis politique le 31 décembre 2016.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Govt Condemns Killing of Nigerian in South Africa

[Daily Trust] Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has described the latest extra judicial killing of a Nigerian in South Africa as “worrying and condemnable”.

[Daily Trust] Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has described the latest extra judicial killing of a Nigerian in South Africa as "worrying and condemnable".

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa