DRC Government Bans Opposition Rally Demanding Annulment of December 20 Elections

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the government has prohibited the first opposition mobilization scheduled for tomorrow, which aims to demand the annulment of the December 20 elections. The opposition alleges massive irregularities and even calls for the impeachment of the leaders of the electoral commission.

“The demonstration tomorrow aims to undermine the electoral process, and the government of the Republic cannot accept that,” stated Peter Kazadi in a press conference, as reported by AFP. He emphasized, “I can assure you that there will be no march.”

For this Wednesday, December 27, opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, Denis Mukwege, and other candidates have called for massive mobilization in Kinshasa.

“We are aware of all these preparations aiming to lead to chaos. This is what these opposition figures are saying following the elections they lost. And they want to set the country on fire. At my level, the watchword is to maximize the security of the population and their property. All visible and invisible measures are in place,” he explained.

“They asked us to display the results, bureau by bureau. The National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) has done that. And that the publication of the results is done progressively, which is what is happening,” continued Peter Kazadi, concluding, “I don’t see why, before the final results, we should allow disorder to be created. This is not a legally mandated demonstration. It aims to sow chaos in the country. They will find the State in their way. The State cannot be intimidated. We will ensure that public tranquility is preserved.”

Soukaina Sghir

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