Democratic Republic of Congo Celebrates 55 Years of Independence

Upcoming elections serve as a testament to advances in

security, opportunity and democracy

 KINSHASA – June 30, 2015 – Minister of Communication and Media Lambert Mende today issued the following statement in honor of the 55th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s independence:

“Today, the Democratic Republic of Congo celebrates 55 years of independence. As we reflect on the significance of this day, the Congolese people should be proud that our resolve in overcoming past challenges has not only preserved our independence, but also allowed us today to enjoy freedoms to which all aspire. These include:

  • Freedom from conflict. Over the past twelve years, the DRC government and its Armed Forces have restored security throughout the country and today are successfully confronting the last vestiges of past struggles.
  • Freedom of opportunity. Economic reforms over the past decade have revived the Congolese economy, giving our nation today one of the highest economic growth rates in the world and – through investments and job opportunities – creating opportunities for families to achieve new levels of prosperity.
  • Freedom to elect. The government is committed to advancing our nation’s founding principles through free, fair and transparent elections in accordance with our Constitution and managed by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“Upcoming elections at the local, provincial and national level will further the freedoms gained under the leadership of our President and government.  Already, the impressive number of candidates seeking local and provincial offices this year demonstrates a widespread desire by the Congolese people to participate at all levels of government and contribute to our nation’s future.

“As we celebrate the independence we gained 55 years ago, let us also cherish the freedoms we have earned since then – and the promise they hold for our nation tomorrow and beyond.”

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