President Joseph Kabila today announced the appointment of Samy Badibanga Ntita, chairman of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) allies parliamentary group, as Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This appointment, following this week’s resignation by Augustin Matata Ponyo, represents an important milestone in the implementation of the October 18 national dialogue agreement on actions to be taken on the path toward peaceful, credible and transparent elections in the coming months.

“Earlier this week, President Kabila addressed the DRC’s Congress and reiterated his commitment to uphold the Constitution throughout the electoral process, including once his term ends, as he looks to protect our nation from descending into another era of chaos. This appointment of the new prime minister is further proof of the President’s promise,” said DRC Ambassador to the United States François Nkuna Balumuene.


In addition to creating a transitional government that includes participants from the majority and opposition parties, the national dialogue agreement requires that a national voter registry be finalized by July 31 of next year, to prepare for provincial, parliamentary and presidential elections by April 2018. In addition, the agreement creates an election monitoring group comprised of various political and civic groups.

In October, President Kabila pledged to work with all institutions of the republic to ensure the full and speedy implementation of the agreement and the organization of credible, peaceful and transparent elections pursuant to the terms agreed upon by all parties. He also welcomed the efforts of dialogue participants to ensure that their agreement complied in full with the DRC’s Constitution.

The Southern Africa Development Community and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region – multilateral organizations comprised of African governments seeking to advance regional peace, security and development – recently expressed support for the results of the DRC’s national dialogue and their intent to closely monitor its implementation.



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