UN Security Council demands election timetable in DRC

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UN Security Council demands election timetable in DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi said on Thursday that the delay of the presidential election by the country's electoral commission amounted to a declaration of war on the Congolese people.

Dozens of people died past year in protests against Kabila's refusal to step down at the end of his term.

The delay could be reduced "if we accept to use voting machines and if we change the electoral law", a commission spokesman told AFP.

"The council expects a speedy publication of the electoral timetable and the implementation of the confidence-building measures". While the news about the elections' postponing was announced, the UN Security Council was holding a meeting on the DRC, in the presence of the country's representative at the United Nations, Maman Sidikou.

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The 15-member council agreed on a renewed message for the swift and full implementation of the December 31, 2016 agreement, which is essential to a credible electoral process and to the peace and stability of the DRC, Delattre told reporters after closed-door Security Council consultations.

The Security Council called for elections to be organised this year in the DR Congo, in line with a political agreement reached between the government and opposition groups.

Diplomats said they did not consider the latest statement from the electoral commission as a formal timetable, which they stressed must contain specific dates for the vote.

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