Mediators want political crisis solved by Christmas
KINSHASA | Mediators urged Congo’s president and opposition parties on Wednesday to reach an agreement before Christmas on a peaceful settlement to the country’s political crisis, saying dozens already have been killed this week amid protests over the president’s stay in power.
President Joseph Kabila’s mandate ended this week, and he is constitutionally barred from seeking another term, but a court has ruled that he can remain in power until new elections, which have been indefinitely delayed.
The vote once was set for November, but the ruling party now says it won’t be held until 2018.
Anger over the delay has swept the country. A heavy military and police presence remained in the capital, Kinshasa, and across the country Wednesday.