Ceasefire As Congo President Joseph Kabila Strikes A Deal

By Ikenga Chronicles December 23, 2016

The embattled Democratic Republic of Congo President, Joseph Kabila has on Friday, December 23 struck a deal with opposition politicians to hand over power by the end of 2017.

Kabila’s refusal to step down after the expiration of his tenure had led to violent protests which killed at least 34 people.

Commenting on the deal, a source  said: ‘’ The constitution cannot be changed to let Kabila stand for a third term, a Prime Minister will be named from the main opposition bloc and its leader Etienne Tshisekedi will oversee the implementation of the deal.’’

A government spokesman declined to comment on the specifics of the deal, which requires final approval by all the delegates at negotiations mediated by Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  and the Catholic Church.

Kabila’s allies have repeatedly argued that he is committed to respecting the constitution but that promising to step down would make him a lame duck and possibly spark a power struggle that could put his life in danger.

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