World DRC: President Tshisekedi announces consultations for a "sacred union"

04:05  24 october  2020
04:05  24 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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This weekend DRC president Felix Tshisekedi notches up his first 100 days in office. The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo are impatiently waiting for him to fulfill the many promises he made at his inauguration, most notably to fight corruption, install a fair judicial system and improve living

Supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo ’s Felix Tshisekedi outside the court prior to the ruling declaring him president . Tshisekedi said early Sunday that the court’s decision confirming him as the winner of the presidential election was a victory for the entire country.

Le président congolais Félix Tshisekedi (image d'illustration) © Tchandrou Nitanga / AFP Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi (illustrative image)

Félix Tshisekedi spoke to the nation on Friday evening. In a speech of about 6 minutes, the Congolese head of state listed the differences within the ruling coalition and announced his intention to open consultations with political party leaders as early as next week.

Some expected a dissolution , others the appointment of an informant to form a new government but finally the Congolese head of state is content to issue a warning to his partner, the FCC by Joseph Kabila.

Félix Tshisekedi looks back on the history of these "fierce adversaries of yesterday" who have become allies and of these differences which have been accumulating for almost two years and which "have plagued development", insists President Tshisekedi. Among these differences, there are electoral reforms, in particular the composition of the Electoral Commission, but Félix Tshisekedi also cites peace and national security, diplomacy or even the establishment of a rule of law which "irritates some nostalgic people. "...

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UDPS President , FELIX TSHISEKEDI ( DRC ) in Alleluia Ministries International with Pastor ALPH LUKAU - Продолжительность: 9:43 Pastor Alph Lukau 320 840 просмотров.

Étienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba (14 December 1932 – 1 February 2017) was a Congolese politician and the leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS)

As an example of the advancement of the rule of law, the Congolese head of state quotes the swearing of three constitutional judges , shunned by his partner, the FCC, who precisely criticizes the procedure used and denounces a desire to bring justice into line.

Félix Tshisekedi announces at the very end of his speech that he intends to start next week a series of contacts aimed at consulting political and social actors with a view to creating, he assures, "a sacred union ”. No option is excluded, warns the Congolese head of state, who promises a new declaration to the nation following these consultations.

A thorny situation

In his speech, Felix Tshisekedi evokes the differences, for nearly two years, which would oppose him to the FCC of Joseph Kabila. But Felix Tshisekedi never announces the end of the coalition. He differentiates those who have given up on "anti-values" from those who "continue to have obstacles to progress". Felix Tshisekedi says he does not rule out any scenario, but the situation remains thorny. The country does not have the means to finance new elections which would result from the dissolution of the Assembly.

The Congolese head of state may decide to maintain his partnership with the FCC, but the two coalitions have failed to resolve their differences since last June. As for the idea of ​​finding a new majority, at present, the presidential coalition has barely 50 deputies, when Joseph Kabila's FCC has 350. To build it, Felix Tshisekedi would have to poach more than 200 elected from the ranks from his partner or the opposition.

DRC publishes mining contracts requested by the IMF .
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