UN, AU call for transfer of power in DRC

2018-07-20 10:18
Jospeh Kabila (File: AFP)

Jospeh Kabila (File: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The top security bodies of the United Nations and the African Union on Thursday called for a peaceful transfer of power following elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year.

After meeting at UN headquarters in New York, the UN Security Council and the African Union's Peace and Security Council said in a joint statement that the December 23 elections "must lead to a peaceful and democratic transfer of power, in accordance with the constitution."

Hours earlier, President Joseph Kabila delivered a state of the union address in which he vowed to "unequivocally respect the constitution" but did not clearly state that he would not seek re-election.

In power since 2001, Kabila has faced calls from the United States, France and Britain for him to clearly state that he will step aside and not run in the December polls.

The joint UN-AU statement threatened "appropriate measures against all Congolese actors" who impede the organization of the elections.

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

Candidates have until August 8 to register for the presidential vote.

Kabila has kept power thanks to a constitutional clause enabling him to stay in office until a successor is elected.

Fresh elections should have been held in December 2016, but were then postponed until 2017 and are now scheduled to be held on December 23.

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has postponed a visit to the DRC to allow Kabila to decide on his political future without the appearance that he is a target of international pressure.

The Security Council is also considering a visit to the DRC amid concerns that the country could slide into violence as it prepares for the vote.

The DRC hosts the UN's biggest peacekeeping mission, Monusco, with some 17 500 troops and police.

Read more on:    un  |  au  |  joseph kabila  |  drc  |  central africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.