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Main DRC opposition party stops recognizing Kabila as president

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The main opposition party in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), says it “no longer recognizes Joseph Kabila as President of the Republic.”The secretary general of the party, Jean-Marc Kabund-A-Kabund, told a press conference in Kinshasa Friday that Kabila “failed to respect the Constitution and the New Year’s Eve agreement, according to which President Kabila does not have the power to rule after his two constitutional terms.”

Kabund-A-Kabund, therefore, called on all Congolese to join the UDPS’s approach and to take part in actions that his party intends to take “so that Joseph Kabila leaves power by 31st December, 2017.”

In response, the spokesman for the ruling majority, Andre Alain Atundu, described the UDPS position as “flogging a dead horse.”

This position of UDPS does not take into account the reality on the ground, Atundu said, adding that the UDPS statement is clear evidence of “the gap that exists between the leaders of this party and the interest of the grass-roots.”

“The people in DRC want social peace and the holding of credible polls,” and the UDPS position “does not contribute at all,” toward that, according to Atundu.



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