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Relief For DRC Congo Citizens As President Joseph Kabila Announces He Won't Run For Illegal Third Term

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila will not stand for a third term in December's Presidential election. The announcement via Government  spokesperson Lambert Mende puts an end to years of speculation about whether Kabila would defy term limits to run for a third term. Kabila's second term ended in late 2016. He has since then postponed the election several times for various flimsy reasons meant to extend his stay in power. Kabila became DRC Congo's President after the assassination of his father then DRC Congo's President Laurent Désiré, in 2001.

 

 
Mende also announced that former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary would be the ruling coalition's candidate. He is the country's former interior minister. Shadary is under European Union sanctions for alleged human rights abuses, including deadly crackdowns by security forces on protesters.
The election date has been set for December 23, 2018.
 
 
Several opposition candidates, including former vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba and the president of Congo's largest opposition party Félix Tshisekedi, have also registered to run. Moise Katumbi has attempted to enter the Country, bt has been blocked by forces loyal to Kabila. Jean Pierre Bemba recently returned to DRC Congo after being acquitted of war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
 
 
There have been widespread fears that DRC Congo would plunge into another round of civil war if Kabila ran for a third illegal term.
 
 
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