The ballots in the December 23rd Presidential elections in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo will not bear the photo of Joseph Kabila Kabange as candidate. He has finally bowed out and will not take part in the presidential race.
There is no more speculation. The government spokesperson has said.
Lambert Mende, spokesman of the Congolese government said President Kabila has thrown his support to Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary a member of the Front commun pour le Congo (FCC) a coalition of parties.
Mende himself is a member of FCC coalition.
Emmanuel Ramazani is a former minister of Interior and would be the ruling coalition’s candidate and flag bearer in the presidential race.
He is under European Union sanctions for alleged human rights abuses, including deadly crackdowns by security forces on protesters.
Ramazani is permanent secretary of Kabila’s party, the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD).
He “will represent our political family in the presidential election,” spokesman Lambert Mende told a press conference. “We will all rally behind him.”
Kabila, 47, has been in power for 17 years, taking over from his father, Laurent-Desire Kabila.
However, late Tuesday, Kabila held talks with his political allies, who are joined in an electoral platform called the Common Front for Congo (FCC), on picking a candidate who would succeed him.
Meanwhile, Several opposition candidates, including former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and the president of Congo’s largest opposition party Felix Tshisekedi, have also registered to run.
DRC has a population of 80 million. According DRC constitution, there is only a non renewable two-term limit for the presidency.