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DRC – France Tensions: Kabila Gov’t Accuses Paris Of Backing Extremists

DRC – France Tensions: Kabila Gov’t Accuses Paris Of Backing Extremists


The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has accused France of inciting dissent against its regime over the upcoming presidential election.

It is in reaction to repeated calls issued by French Foreign Minister Jean-Mark Ayrault for President Joseph Kabila to abide by the constitution and step down at the end of his current term.

The Congolese Communication Minister Lambert Mende told the AFP news agency that France is playing a dangerous game:

“After setting off the blaze by encouraging the extremists, France will fly out its citizens and will leave the Congolese to fend for themselves.”

Mende added, “The concerns of Minister Ayrault over the DR Congo are now suspicious as they bring to mind the interference which created the chaos in Libya.”
Ayrault was renewing a call he issued last week when addressing students in Paris. This time, he addressed criticism that France is meddling in Congolese internal affairs, arguing his country is not alone in reminding Kabila to play by the rules.

He told the channel, “President Kabila must set the example. He must abide by the constitution. If sanctions are needed, we will resort to sanctions. I call people to be reasonable; people in power in the Democratic Republic of Congo must assume their responsibilities. If they want peace in their country, if they are concerned about the welfare of their people, they must abide by the constitution.”

 

BBC

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