Congo is short on cash for organization elections

Congo is short on cash for organization elections

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The government of Congo has no money for the organisation of the elections this year. The government in the capital Kinshasa, has calculated that the ballot 1.7 billion euros is going to cost and that there is simply not, said Finance minister Pierre Kangudia Wednesday.

The state budget of the country that is about sixty times larger than our country, amounted to 2016 7.5 billion euros. In the Netherlands, that sum, in comparison to 260 billion euros.

The elections were actually last year should be kept, but they are by organisational problems, delayed until this year. At least, that was the deal the government of president Joseph Kabila with opposition leaders.

The minister of Finance says Wednesday, however, that this year also not too realistic. The state has a lot less income than expected due to the falling prices of raw materials such as copper and oil. In the delfstofrijke east of the country there is anarchy and plunder many of the gangs for years, for example, the mobile phones used ore coltan.

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