DR Congo opposition walks out of key national talks

Vital Kamerhe, pictured on September 1, 2016“We have understood that we are being led down a dead end street and so we have decided to suspend our participation” in the national dialogue, Vital Kamerhe, who represents those elements of the opposition that had decided to take part in the talks, told journalists. The African Union-facilitated national dialogue began on September 1 to try to prevent a crisis when President Joseph Kabila’s term expires later this year, as fears grow that he will seek to stay in power for a third term despite a consitutional limit of two mandates. “The crisis today is the non-holding of the presidential election,” said Kamerhe.

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