DRC: Joseph Kabila doesn’t rule out running for president in 2023

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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) outgoing president, Joseph Kabila, says he plans to stay in politics and does not rule out running for president once again in 2023.

Kabila, who will be stepping down after elections held later this month, has overstayed his current mandate by two years. Opposition parties had accused the president of seeking an unconstitutional third term in power but Kabila eventually ruled himself out of the upcoming election. However, he doesn’t rule out running for the position again in 2023.

Kabila could run for president again

Kabila’s extended stay in power has sparked protests across the country and political discontent following repeated delays in choosing his successor. After waiting for two years, the DRC is now getting the election so many have been calling for and Kabila won’t be a part of it.

Instead, he has hand-picked loyalist Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as his candidate to run in his place for the country’s ruling coalition.

Now, Kabila says he plans to stay in politics and refuses to rule out running again for president in the country’s 2023 elections. Opposition groups remain angry about the voting machines expected to be used in this month’s election and tensions are high in the run-up to the vote.

Meanwhile, opinion polls show his little-known candidate Shadary is far behind popular leading opposition figures. Some have already expressed concerns that Shadary will be named the winner in a fraudulent election and serve one year before Kabila makes his return to run again in 2023.

Featured image: e Président de la République, Joseph Kabila, a pris la parole hier jeudi 25 septembre, à la 69e assemblée générale de l’Onu qui s’est tenue à New-York” flickr photo by MONUSCO https://flickr.com/photos/monusco/15334828496shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.