DRC’s Joseph Kabila hosts acolytes in talks for likely successors
Representatives of about a dozen groups that make up the Common Front for Congo invited individually to Kabila’s farm for talks
Kinshasa — Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila is meeting members of his ruling coalition to discuss who will be the candidate in presidential elections this year, party and government officials said. The DRC is scheduled to hold parliamentary and presidential votes on December 23. They have been delayed since 2016 by the electoral commission’s inability to organise them. While the constitution bars Kabila from seeking a third term, he has yet to say whether he will be a candidate. Attempting to extend his 17-year rule risks destabilising the country. Representatives of about a dozen groups that make up the Common Front for Congo were invited individually to Kabila’s farm outside the capital for consultations that are ongoing, the officials said on Monday. Two said he asked each group to come back to him with a list of four preferred potential presidential candidates. "We are in deliberation to think about the profile of the candidate," said Ferdinand Kambere,...