Con­go pri­me mi­nis­ter re­signs

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

CON­GO - Au­gus­tin Mata­ta Pon­yo said on Mon­day he had re­sig­ned as pri­me mi­nis­ter of De­mo­cra­tic Re­pu­blic of Con­go in li­ne with a po­li­ti­cal deal that ex­tends Jo­seph Ka­bi­la’s ten­ure as pre­si­dent. Ka­bi­la was due to step down on Dec. 19 but his ru­ling co­a­li­ti­on and part of the op­po­si­ti­on agreed last month to de­lay a pre­si­den­ti­al vo­te un­til April 2018, ci­ting lo­gis­ti­cal pro­blems in re­gis­tering mil­li­ons of vo­ters and a lack of fi­nan­cing. “I ha­ve just hand­ed in my re­sig­na­ti­on and that of my govern­ment to the pre­si­dent of the re­pu­blic in li­ne with the spi­rit of the po­li­ti­cal ac­cord sig­ned on Oc­to­ber 18,” Mata­ta said. His de­par­tu­re could pa­ve the way for a govern­ment with posts for so­me of tho­se op­po­si­ti­on fi­gu­res who agreed to the elec­ti­on de­lay. Howe­ver, the main op­po­si­ti­on bloc has re­jec­ted the ac­cord and mo­re than 50 pe­o­p­le died in street pro­tests in Sep­tem­ber ai­med at in­cre­a­sing pres­su­re on Ka­bi­la to step down. Ka­bi­la’s cri­tics say his aim is to chan­ge the con­sti­tu­ti­on, which li­mits him to two terms in of­fi­ce, in or­der to se­cu­re a third.


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