Statement by Ambassador Haley on Reports that DRC President Joseph Kabila Will Not Seek Re-election

August 8, 2018


We welcome reports that President Kabila will not seek a third term in accordance with his country’s constitution. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a historic opportunity to carry out its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power on December 23, 2018. This development is another step, but there is much more to be done. The National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) must take all steps necessary to guarantee the Congolese people have the right to exercise their vote in free, fair, and credible elections on December 23, 2018. We continue to support the Congolese people for the future they want and deserve.