Report of the UN Secretary-General on the DRC

The political situation remained tense in the context of the electoral process. As outlined in my previous report, the electoral calendar published by the national independent electoral commission was criticized by some political parties from the opposition, which questioned its feasibility. Their concerns were echoed by some political actors from the ruling coalition. On 5 March, a group of seven political parties from the presidential majority, referred to as the “G7”, reportedly addressed a letter to the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila, in which it raised concerns about a number of issues relating to the electoral and decentralization processes and called for an internal debate. The concerns were discussed in the National Assembly on 17 and 18 April, but did not result in any formal decisions or recommendations to the Government.

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