Addis Ababa, 2 January 2017: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, welcomes the agreement reached by the Congolese political actors on 31 December 2016 with a view to holding free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
This agreement, which builds on the one reached on 18 October 2016, represents a significant step towards a negotiated solution to the serious political crisis facing the DRC.
The Chairperson commends all political parties, civil society organisations and their leaders for the spirit of compromise and the sense of responsibility they have demonstrated, and congratulates the Conférence épiscopale nationale des églises du Congo (CENCO) for their mediation efforts. She notes that the timely implementation of the agreements and more confidence building measures will be critical to avoid any further delays towards the holding of elections and to preserve stability in the DRC.
The Chairperson urges the Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI) to make public, as soon as possible, a new and realistic electoral calendar, in line with political agreements reached. She calls on the soon to be formed Government of national unity and all relevant parties to ensure a credible, inclusive, transparent, peaceful and timely electoral process, in accordance with the Constitution of the DRC, including through the provision of timely financial support to the CENI.
The Chairperson commends President Joseph Kabila for his continued openness to dialogue and for the pursuit of efforts to reach a broad and inclusive consensus to ensure a smooth political transition. She also commends the leaders of the opposition for their constructive commitment towards a peaceful political process.
The Chairperson calls on the full spectrum of the political class and civil society of the DRC as well as the Congolese population at large to provide full support to this agreement and its implementation, in the supreme interest of the DRC and its people.
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