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DRC: Peace negotiations to resume on December 30

Democratic Republic Of Congo

Actors of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s political negotiations in finding a solution to the crisis after Joseph Kabila’s refusal to leave office will observe a 4-day Christmas break.

They will return to the negotiating table on Thursday, and the National Episcopal Conference of Congo hopes an agreement will be reached after a day after the resumption on December 30.

On Saturday Bishop Utembi who is the chairman of the mediation committee said that the divergence on the consensual management of the transition period has been flattened to 95%. He said, “we arrived at the end of the tunnel.”

The opposition and government had not reached an agreement by Saturday when they were breaking for Christmas.

Kabila was required by constitutional term limits to step down when his second mandate came to an end on December 19, but a constitutional court ruled that he can stay on until a new successor is elected.

Elections have been postponed to April 2018 after the electoral commission complained of inadequate resources to conduct the process.

The opposition accuse Kabila of manipulating the system to cling on to power, while a faction of the opposition has agreed and through a national dialogue, got one of its members appointed Prime Minister until the election.

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