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DRC political crisis deepens after civil society rejects dialogue

DRC political crisis deepens after civil society rejects dialogue

Democratic Republic Of Congo

Fresh controversy has emerged over the inclusive political dialogue supposed to be held in the Democratic Republic of Congo to solve the political crisis that has engulfed the country.

A group of civil society members have rejected the list of participants released by the committee preparing for the talks led by Africa Union facilitator Edem Kodjo, saying they are linked to political parties.

The supposed talks now seem uncertain and analysts warn of a return to civil war if no urgent measures are taken to avert the crisis.

President Joseph Kabila has come under pressure to step down and opposition members are accusing him of trying to hang onto power by delaying polls that are due in November this year.

His term expires in December and earlier this month the country’s top court ruled that he can stay in office beyond his mandate if the presidential election is delayed.

However, United Nations experts opine that presidential elections could still be held within the constitutional deadlines and added that Kabila should transfer power if a successor is elected within the deadlines.

The US has warned of possible sanctions if the DRC government continues to crackdown on opposition.

Press Agencies