AFRICA/DR CONGO - Mgr. Ambongo: "The implementation agreement will have to be signeded within the 28th"

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 bishops   politics  

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) - Within January 28 the implementation agreement of the understandings reached on December 31, 2016 between the majority and opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo will have to be signed warned the Congolese Bishops, who continue to mediate between the parties to resolve the serious political and institutional crisis in the Country.
"The agreement was to be applied since its signing", said His Exc. Mgr. Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, Archbishop of Mbandaka-Bikoro and Vice President of the Episcopal Conference. "We are leaving for Geneva on January 29. If by Saturday 28 the implementation agreement is not signed, it is over". Mgr. Ambongo also criticized "the bad faith of politicians" that "puts a strain on our patience as pastors."
The so-called "Agreement of San Silvestro", reached on 31 December 2016 thanks to the mediation of the local Episcopal Conference (CENCO), provides for the continuation in power of President Joseph Kabila for another year (his term had expired on December 20), the appointment of a Premier appointed by the opposition and the creation of a national Council to monitor the operations of the electoral process (Conseil national de suivi de l'accord et du processus électoral CNSAP) led by Etienne Tshisekedi.
The points to be discussed concern the appointment of the Prime Minister, his Deputy and the National Supervisory Board Members. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 24/01/2017)