Ethiopia: AU Commission welcomes political agreement on DRC elections

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the agreement reached by the Congolese political actors on 31 December 2016 with a view to holding free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of  Congo (DRC).

"This agreement, which builds on the one reached on 18 October 2016, represents a significant step towards a negotiated solution to the serious political crisis facing the DRC," she said in a statement issued on Wednesday by AUC.

According to the statement, Dlamini Zuma has commended all political parties, civil society organisations and their leaders for the spirit of compromise and the sense of responsibility they have demonstrated, and congratulated the Conférence épiscopale nationale des églises du Congo (CENCO) for their mediation efforts.

She noted that the timely implementation of the agreements and more confidence building measures will be critical to avoid any further delay towards the holding of elections and to preserve stability in DRC.

Also, the Chairperson urged the Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI) to make public, as soon as possible, a new and realistic electoral calendar, in line with political agreements reached.

She called on the soon to be formed Government of national unity and all relevant parties to ensure a credible, inclusive, transparent, peaceful and timely electoral process, in accordance with the DRC constitution, including through the provision of timely financial support to the CENI.

"The Chairperson commends President Joseph Kabila for his continued openness to dialogue and for the pursuit of efforts to reach a broad and inclusive consensus to ensure a smooth political transition," said the statement, noting her praise to the leaders of the opposition "for their constructive commitment towards a peaceful political process".
In addition, the Chairperson has called on the full spectrum of the political class and civil society of DRC as well as the Congolese population at large to provide full support to this agreement and its implementation, in the supreme interest of the country and its people.
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04 january 2017 09:38:15

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