DR Congo opposition says ruling on presidential term “unconstitutional”

The main opposition party in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has termed the recent Constitutional Court ruling on interpretation the Constitution regarding a presidential term as "unconstitutional."

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DR Congo
DR Congo

Speaking to the media on Monday in Kinshasa, Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) deputy secretary general Bruno Tshibala said the ruling discouraged those who wished to participate in dialogue that was expected to bring together all political and social actors in the country.

DR Congo
DR Congo
According to the Constitutional Court ruling on May 11, President Joseph Kabila will remain in power beyond his term that ends late this year, if presidential elections that had been scheduled to take place this year will not have been organized.

The decision was reached at after 250 members of parliament supporting the president filed a court case seeking interpretation of articles 70 and 75 which touch on the presidential term.

“The Constitutional Court’s ruling on interpretation of article 70 of the Constitution is unconstitutional. It is illegal and an attack on democracy,” Tshibala said.

He said the court’s ruling will extend Kabila’s term.

Controversy regarding the end of Kabila’s term has deeply divided DR Congo’s political class. Opposition members suspect the president does not want to organize elections so that he can remain in power beyond 2016.

The country’s National Independent Electoral Commission said recently it was impossible to organize elections within constitutional timelines without revising the electoral register, an operation that requires at least 17 months.

Having come to power in 2001 after the assassination of ex-president who was his father, Laurent-Désire Kabila, Joseph Kabila was elected as president of the republic in 2006 and re-elected in November 2011. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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