Breaking: Congo's President Kabila rules out 3rd term bid, steps down ahead of presidential election

Breaking: Congo's President Kabila rules out 3rd term bid, steps down ahead of presidential election

- President of DR Congo has ruled out his alleged third term bid

- A spokesman of the president said the president will step down ahead of the president election

- He also disclosd that former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary would be the ruling coalition’s candidate

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila will not stand in December’s presidential election, a spokesman said on Wednesday, August 8, announcing that former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary would be the ruling coalition’s candidate.

The presidential spokesman, Lambert Mende, disclosed this at a news conference, puttting an end to years of speculation about whether Kabila would defy term limits to run for a third term.

Reuters reports that the selection of Ramazani, however, represents a defiant move by Kabila as the former minister is under European Union sanctions for alleged human rights abuses, including deadly crackdowns by security forces on protesters.

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The newspaper states that the announcement that Kabila will not run again will ease fears in the region as many have said that a Kabila candidacy would drag the country back into the civil wars of the turn of the century in which millions died, mostly from hunger and disease.

The December 23 election is expected to herald Congo’s first democratic transition of power following decades marked by authoritarian rule, coups and deadly conflict.

Mende said that Ramazani was on his way to the electoral commission headquarters in the capital Kinshasa to file his candidacy.

Several opposition candidates, including former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and the president of Congo’s largest opposition party Felix Tshisekedi, have also reportedly registered to run.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa had won Zimbabwe's presidential election, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced in the capital, Harare, early on Friday, August 3.

Mnangagwa, of the ruling ZANU-PF party, won 50.8% of the votes cast, with his closest rival Nelson Chamisa, of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, garnering 44.3% Mnangangwa was declared the winner of Zimbabwe’s disputed presidential election.

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