DRC Prime Minister, Augustin Matata Resigns

Congolese Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo resigned on Monday 14th November 2016, as part of the national dialogue framework agreement which stipulates that an opposition leader takes the position of Prime Minister.

“I have offered my resignation as well as those of the members of my government to meet the spirit and letter of agreement,” said Matata after a meeting with President Joseph Kabila.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s political crisis worsened last month after a presidential election, which had been due before the year end was postponed until April 2018. The opposition has accused Kabila of manipulating the system so as to stay in power after his second term in government ends on December 20. Kabila has been in power since 2001 after the assassination of his father, President Laurent- Desire Kabila. The decision was signed in October by the government and some opposition parties who were in support for a 2018 presidential election which had been proposed by the electoral commission. it is an agreement that has been opposed by the major opposition coalition  which has been viewed as non inclusive thus promising to protest until Kabila steps down when his term term ends in December.

President Joseph Kabila is expected to address the nation on Tuesday in front of the congress, leader of the majority and president of the National Assembly Aubin Minaku.

The political agreement signed under the watch of the African Union-appointed facilitator Edem Kodjo, was endorsed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who called for a “peaceful transition for peaceful elections.”



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