EU countries concerned over situation in Congo
European countries have critically responded to the tenure of the Congolese president Joseph Kabila. France and Belgium gave Tuesday to the relations with the African country again to watch.
The mandate of Kabila ran Monday, but there are still no elections held for a successor to appoint. Belgium would then know it is especially to be regretted that the Congolese government “no action took for the situation to calm down, but that they have numerous limitations imposed on rights and freedoms”.
Ministers Didier Reynders (Foreign Affairs) and Alexander De Croo (development Cooperation) warn that the relationships between Belgium and Congo re-examined will be, “with the greatest of ease for each new agreement with the current government”.
The French ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the European Union’s relationship with the Congo again against the light. The severity of the situation warrants that, said a spokesman of the department.
Also in the Congo sounds a lot of criticism. Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi has called for peaceful protest against Kabila. Tshisekedi accused his rival in a video on YouTube of a “coup”.
The Congolese government seemed rather to cater to the criticism by approximately twenty new ministersposten in the life to call, of which a considerable number is intended for members of the opposition.
The question is whether critics of the president to settle with that gesture. The police fired Tuesday tear gas on hundreds of protestors in Kinshasa had collected to the departure of Kabila.