Congo’s Electoral Commission Announces Presidential Elections Not Possible In 2017

The long delayed presidential elections in Democratic Republic of Congo will face further delay as Electoral Commission of the country announced Friday in Paris that even by the end of 2017 votes would not be possible.

The mandate of President Joseph Kabila is ending by the mid of December this year following long protests and claiming dozens of lives in violence. Amid such situation it is learned a political agreement has been reached between the government and opposition to help the president cling to power beyond his timeframe ends.

Kabila, 46, became President of Congo after his father, former president, Laurent Kabila was assassinated in 2001.

National Independent Electoral Commission President Corneille Nangaa said Kabila will not be the candidate for the presidential elections and any further decision on extending the electoral timeframe would be evaluated with the groups who were involved in the political agreement between the government and the opposition, the civil society and National Council.

The government too has said some more time is needed in the preparations of presidential elections in the country.

Meanwhile, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and nine former African presidents have raised concerns warning of acute political crisis in the vast, mineral-rich Central African nation and also to Africa at large.

Under the constitution it is learned Kabila does not enjoys the right to run again. He was allowed to remain in office amid pending of presidential elections in tandem with a transitional watchdog. It is also learned a new leader need to be chosen within opposition ranks.

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