AFRICA/DR CONGO - The opposition appoints former governor of Katanga as its candidate for presidency

Thursday, 31 March 2016 elections  

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) - The opposition parties united in the electoral platform called "G7", have asked former governor of Katanga, Moise Katumbi, to be their candidate for the presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The announcement came after a meeting of the "G7 leaders Platform" which was held in the conference room at St. Anne parish in Gombe (Kinshasa), on March 30, according to information sent to Fides. "We want to give the DRC a democratic, courageous, visionary, dynamic, original, strong leadership, able to cope with the significant challenges the country has to face" says a statement of the "G7" in announcing the name of their candidate.
"G7" is formed by the parties that were excluded last September by the "presidential majority", the parties that support incumbent President Joseph Kabila, after sending a letter to the Head of State with which he was invited to respect the Constitution and the organization with no postponements of the presidential election.
Kabila, who is completing his second term as president, is trying to change the Constitution in order to present himself at the elections to obtain a third term, but this has aroused strong opposition from civil society while the Bishops addressed a pressing invitation to respect the constitutional rules (see Fides 16/11/2015). Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral Commission is finding it difficult to publish the election schedule, making the opposition believe in a President ploy to prolong his mandate beyond the due date stipulated in the Constitution. In September 2015 Katumbi resigned from Kabila's party (PPRD) announcing to join the opposition. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 31/03/2016)