Politics

Congo expels EU ambassador ahead of presidential election

KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DECEMBER 27, 2018) (FOREIGN MINISTRY) –

Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday (December 27) said it would expel European Union Ambassador Bart Ouvry in response to the recent renewal of EU sanctions against Congolese officials including the ruling coalition’s candidate in a presidential election.

The decision, announced by the Foreign Ministry after a meeting with foreign ambassadors in Kinshasa, comes two years after sanctions were first imposed, and just three days before the long-anticipated election is due to take place.

The EU Commission was not immediately available on Thursday evening to comment on the expulsion.

Sunday’s vote is meant to pick a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled since 2001. If successful, it would mark Congo’s first democratic transition after decades marked by authoritarian rule, coups and civil war.

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