DR Congo

DR Congo to push back elections to 2018 despite outrage

FULL ARTICLE. DR Congo’s ruling coalition and part of the opposition have agreed to move the ballot to April 2018 after a meeting on Sunday, which was boycotted by main opposition parties. According to a deal, President Joseph Kabila will stay in power at least until April 2018, when the rescheduled presidential vote is due to take place. Originally, the vote was set for November 2016. The deal also foresees the installment of a new prime minister from the opposition, most likely Vital Kamerhe from the Union for the Congolese Nation. International stakeholders, including the US and the European Union, have continued to pressure the government to hold elections this year. The EU is considering sanctions against the country, according to diplomatic sources. [Deutsche Welle]

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