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Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:23 - Updated Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:23

Kabila picks Ramazani Shadary as his successor

Kinshasa - DRC President Joseph Kabila's ruling coalition, the Common Front for Congo (FCC), has named his People?s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) secretary Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as the man to carry the torch in the next DRC elections.

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President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila

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The decision, which puts to rest speculation that Kabila will seek to defy the constitution and run again, comes hours to the deadline of 1530GMT for all candidates contesting to file their documents with the electoral commission.

Earlier, sources had pointed instead at former prime minister Augustin Matata Ponyo; Kabila’s chief of staff, Nehemie Mwilanya Wilondja; and the president of the National Assembly, Aubin Minaku as potential candidates.

The Democratic Republic of Congo was earlier braced  for President  Kabila to announce either a successor, or his own candidacy for elections in breach of a two-term limit.

Eight candidates including at least three from the opposition have already submitted their names.

Among opposition candidates, there are Felix Tshisekedi, 55, leader of Congo’s oldest opposition party UDPS, and Jean-Pierre Bemba, 55, a former warlord recently acquitted by the International Criminal Court of war crimes and crimes against humanity. AFP

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