PRESIDENT KABILA REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO UPHOLD CONSTITUTION FOR FUTURE ELECTIONS AT MEETING OF MAJORITY PARTY
KINSHASA—Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila met with leaders of his majority party today to reaffirm his commitment to uphold the Constitution for upcoming elections in 2015 and 2016. He also asked party leaders join him as he pursues a national dialogue on these elections to ensure the process is fair, free and transparent.
Communication Minister Lambert Mende explained that, “the President today once again stood behind his promise to uphold the Constitution with regard to the upcoming presidential election, saying he ‘never participated in any meeting regarding changes to the Constitution.’ He also assured party leaders that he intends to "drive the party to future electoral victories.’"
"President Kabila seeks to safeguard the gains the DRC has achieved in recent years in advancing the development of the country, and to dispel criticism by those who are blind to these achievements," Minister Mende noted.
Recently, President Kabila promulgated Parliament-approved legislation to move forward with the country’s first-ever local elections. This confirmation of local elections – along with municipal, legislative and presidential elections in the coming months – reflects a determination to ensure that democratic governance is strengthened on behalf of the public and future generations.
To support and advance the electoral process, President Kabila called for a national dialogue earlier this year to encourage participation by all stakeholders and ensure a peaceful environment throughout this period, which will culminate in 2016 with legislative and presidential elections.
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