A fraying, fragile peace agreement in Congo

A fraying, fragile peace agreement in Congo

Political tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo rose throughout 2016 as President Joseph Kabila made clear he had no intention of relinquishing power at the end of his term. His attempts to change the constitution and to delay elections were met with civilian protests and international sanctions. Kabila’s last legitimate day in office was both hoped-for and feared.  Would he step down?

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DRC Constitutional Crisis, Protests & Repression

DRC Constitutional Crisis, Protests & Repression

We are deeply concerned about our brothers and sisters in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  On Monday, December 19, President Joseph Kabila’s second and final term in office was to end with the inauguration of a democratically elected successor.   He is unlikely to step down.  Congolese activists are ready to step up and take to the streets. We hope for peace and know that violence is possible.

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