Posted On December 31, 2016 By In Non classifié(e), None With 39 Views

Government, opposition sign DR Congo crisis deal

Kinshasa, Dec 31, 2016 (AFP)

The government and opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo signed a deal Saturday to end a political crisis over President Joseph Kabila’s fate that has caused months of deadly unrest.
Under the terms of the deal, Kabila will stay until the “end of 2017” but a transition council will be established, headed by opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi.
In addition, a prime minister will be named from the opposition ranks.
The talks were launched by the Roman Catholic church to ward off violence as Kabila’s second and final mandate ended on December 20 with no sign of him stepping down and no election in sight.
The final deal was signed after 13 hours of negotiation on Saturday and only after several last-minute hitches nearly derailed an accord.

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