Democracy and Stability in the DRC: The Way Ahead
HE Bruno Tshibala, Prime Minister, Democratic Republic of Congo
Following the end of Joseph Kabila’s second and final term as president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on 20 December 2016, a political agreement reached between the government and opposition groups set out that he would step down following general elections held before the end of 2017. However, this agreement has not been upheld and, in November, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) announced that the new election date will be 23 December 2018. CENI’s decision has been met with protests in several Congolese cities, with tensions mounting in the troubled Kasai and North Kivu provinces.
HE Bruno Tshibala, who was appointed prime minister of the DRC by President Joseph Kabila in April 2017, will discuss the path to the 2018 elections. He will also examine steps the government can take to more effectively address the current security situation, and the role regional and international actors can play in helping to resolve the crisis.