Report: The Perilous Election Battle

Four months before the end of the mandate of President Joseph Kabila, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is on the edge of a deep political crisis. The government has created multiple artificial delays in the electoral process, making it impossible to respect the constitution and hold fair and transparent elections before the end of the year. Furthermore, the Constitutional Court has issued a controversial interpretation of the constitution that authorizes President Kabila to remain in power until his successor is elected. For the opponents of the government, the message is clear: without increased pressure, the current government will stay in power indefinitely.

This CRG report analyses the current impasse and provides policy recommendations.

You can read the executive summary and recommendations in English here and the entire French report here

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Aug 22, 2016
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa