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Vol 55 No 13

Published 27th June 2014


Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila defiant on third term

The President tries to ignore opposition and international objections to his changing the law to stay on in power

President Joseph Kabila seems determined to serve a third term of office, although his attempts to make the idea popular at home have failed. Nor has he responded to pleas not to go ahead from the African Union, United Nations, European Union or United States. The Government Spokesman and Information Minister, Lambert Mende Omalanga, however, portrayed the appeals as assaults on Congo-Kinshasa's sovereignty. The Council of Ministers' decision on 9 June to adopt a new law to revise the constitution may include Article 220, which bans presidents from seeking a third term in office.

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