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07:25  21 october  2020
07:25  21 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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La prestation de serment des juges nommés à la Cour constitutionnelle fait polémique au sein de la coalition au pouvoir en RDC (image d'illustration) © TONY KARUMBA / AFP The taking of the oath by judges appointed to the Constitutional Court is controversial within the ruling coalition in the DRC (image d 'illustration)

The standoff continues between, on one side, the presidents of the two chambers of parliament, and on the other side, the President of the Republic around the swearing-in of the judges recently appointed to the Court constitutional. The FCC, the political family of former President Kabila, yet associated with President Tshisekedi's Cach, has decided to boycott the ceremony planned at the People's Palace. The two ruling coalition allies are once again at odds.

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With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Kamanda wa Kamanda Muzembe

Tuesday, the political family of former President Joseph Kabila gathered its members to ask them not to participate in the oath-taking ceremony of the judges of the Constitutional Court .

For the FCC, the latest appointments in the judiciary violate the Constitution . An accusation by the independent Théodore Ngoy, supported by Professor Nyabirungu Mwene Songa and several other lawyers from the Kabila camp. A group of senators from this obedience even appealed to the Constitutional Court for interpretation of the Constitution, in the hope of suspending the oath taking ceremony scheduled for today.

For their part, the supporters of President Félix Tshisekedi also called on Tuesday for the mobilization of all his supporters so that the event is a success. According to UDPS deputy André Mbata, a request for interpretation of the Constitution cannot annul an ordinance or suspend its application.

As for Professor Alphonse Ntumba Luaba, he maintains that the oath is taken before the President of the Republic, who takes note of it . “The other institutions just attend the ceremony,” he adds. It is therefore an arm wrestling which worsens a crisis which has already taken hold in the coalition and whose outcome is uncertain.

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