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Election Delayed, Governance Denied - The Way Forward for the Congo - 11-8-2018

Election Delayed, Governance Denied - The Way Forward for the Congo - 11-8-2018

The presidential election first scheduled for 2016 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and then for 2017 never took place. The election is now scheduled to take place on December 23, 2018. The Prime Minister has said that President Kabila will not run again, and he will abide by the constitutional limits. The delayed elections spurred anti-Kabila marches and protests, led by laity of the Catholic Church and youth activists. The government has cracked down on this opposition, harassing, arbitrarily arresting, detaining, injuring, and killing protestors. Many still remain in detention despite increasing health problems. Panelists examined the way forward for the DRC and the role opposition leaders, youth activists, the Catholic Church, and duly-elected officials can play in strengthening civil society.                Speakers:H.E. Ambassador François Nkuna Balumuene, The Democratic Republic of the Congo Ambassador to the United States--InvitedTatiana Carayannis, Director of the

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