DR Congo opposition calls for strike
Written by Morenike Adebayo on August 21, 2016
The main opposition group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has called for a general strike in the country following the government’s refusal to hold an early presidential election.
The opposition called for the strike after the government of President Joseph Kabila said on Saturday that the election, originally scheduled for November this year, should be delayed until at least next July, meaning that Kabila will be able to stay in power until then.
The government had, however, offered to hold talks with the opposition on the issue, but the offer was rejected. The opposition party insists that Kabila end his rule in December because, under the country’s constitution, he has exhausted three five-year terms.
A statement by the opposition said the general strike should begin on Tuesday, the twenty-third of August, 2016.
The electoral commission in the country had said yesterday that the voter registry will not be completed until next year due to the lack of funds