UN envoy warns of risk of violence in Congo ahead of vote

2016-01-15 11:06

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United Nations – The United Nations envoy for Congo is warning of civil unrest and violence in the run-up to legislative and presidential elections scheduled for November.

Maman Sidikou told the Security Council on Thursday that the elections are a deeply divisive issue because there is still no agreement on an electoral calendar or a budget for the elections.

He also says a national dialogue announced by President Joseph Kabila to forge consensus on the electoral process hasn't begun, in part because of opposition from many major opposition groups.

Congo hasn't had a peaceful transfer of power in 55 years of independence. Kabila is barred by the constitution from seeking a third term but is widely believed to be seeking to prolong his rule.

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