DRC FM insists elections will take place

2016-09-24 15:30
Joseph kabila. (File: AFP)

Joseph kabila. (File: AFP)

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New York - Democratic Republic of Congo's foreign minister insists that elections will take place after technical problems are resolved.

Raymond Tshibanda, addressing the UN General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting, said until then people should not resort to bloodshed.

Tensions have risen as indications have increased that President Joseph Kabila will stay in office after his term legally ends in December, sparking violent demonstrators.

DRC's electoral commission has said that November's scheduled presidential vote won't be possible, and a court has determined Kabila can stay in power until another election is organised.

"Any recourse to using violence should be strongly condemned and the perpetrators punished," Tshibanda said.

The UN Security Council earlier this week urged all parties in DRC to end violent clashes and open a peaceful political dialogue on the holding of elections.

The council has strongly condemned the violence that it said has led to the death of at least 32 people, including four police officers.

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