Pres. Lungu In Angola To Discuss Rising DRC Tension

pres-lungu-angolaPresident Edgar Lungu has taken a short trip to Angola to attend the Great Lakes Regional summit on peace and security.

The Head of State said the trip was important in building peace blocks in the region.

On the agenda will be the case of the volatile situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo where
President Joseph Kabila’s move to postponed elections has created tension in the country.

A recent poll has revealed that Congolese people overwhelmingly oppose changing the constitution to allow President Joseph Kabila to stand for a third term and believe he should step down at the end of his mandate in December, according to a opinion poll published on Tuesday.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s ruling coalition and part of the opposition have agreed to delay the vote from this November to April 2018, citing difficulties enrolling millions of voters

But the main opposition bloc rejects the accord, saying it allows Kabila to cling to power and remove constitutional term limits.

According to Reuters, the poll, conducted by the Congo Research Group at New York University in collaboration with a Congolese polling institute, sampled 7,545 respondents in Congo’s 26 provinces in face-to-face interviews between May and September.

Over 81 percent of the respondents oppose changing the constitution to allow Kabila to stand for a third term. Seventy-four percent say he should leave office this year.

If the presidential election were held today, 33 percent said they would vote for former provincial governor Moise Katumbi, 18 percent for opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi and 7.8 percent for Kabila. Kabila registered a 44 percent approval rating. Katumbi and Tshisekedi received 85.8 and 65.3 percent ratings respectively.

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