Congo President Kabila will not seek third term, says DR Congo PM

Wednesday June 13 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila addresses a news conference at the State House in Kinshasa, on January 26, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila. The country’s Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala has said the President will not seek a third mandate in the upcoming December elections because of constitutional term limits. PHOTO | REUTERS 

Congo’s current President Joseph Kabila will not seek a third mandate in the Central African country’s upcoming December elections because of constitutional term limits that prevent him from running again, Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala said on Tuesday.

“The elections are going to take place without the participation of President Kabila who will abide by the spirit and the letter of the constitution,” Tshibala said in an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, Conference of Montreal.

Tshibala’s comments follow signs in the mineral-rich Democratic Republic of Congo that Kabila, who succeeded his assassinated father Laurent in 2001, is prepared to run for a third elected term.

Tshibala said the elections are still scheduled to take place on December 23.

“These elections will take place at the expected date,” he said.

Tshibala said Kabila would attend an African leaders’ meeting next week in Luanda to convey the message that Congo would respect “our commitments,” in holding the elections.