EU urges SA to convince DRC to hold elections

2017-07-16 06:05
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A high-ranking EU diplomat this week urged South Africa and the region to get more involved in nudging the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) towards elections because there was a real possibility of the country collapsing.

“The EU is saying, find a way to organise the elections. He [DRC President Joseph Kabila] wants to organise the elections, but he isn’t,” EU political director Jean Christophe Belliard told City Press.

“Now we are in a void. There has been no election, and the election should have taken place. Kabila’s power is not based on something strong. A collapse is possible in Kinshasa, in Kasai there is fighting.”

Belliard said EU countries would not be able to provide military assistance in an emergency.

Armies in Africa were also stretched, he said.

Belliard said Kabila should ensure elections were organised, while the opposition should unite – an issue complicated by the death of prominent opposition leader Étienne Tshisekedi six months ago.

Kabila’s government has repeatedly denied that it was responsible for organising elections, saying it was up to the elections agency. 

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