Democratic Republic of the Congo constitutional referendum, 2005

Democratic Republic Of The Congo Constitutional Referendum, 2005

Democratic Republic of the Congo constitutional referendum, 2005

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A referendum on a proposed new constitution for the Democratic Republic of Congo was held on December 18 and December 19, 2005. It was approved, paving the way for the country's elections to be held in 2006.

The referendum constitution has been a success with more than 80% of approval leading to the election in 2006, after more than 15 years of different transition periods and suffering civil war during those periods, it is now clear that the first multi-party democratic election in DR Congo will take place this year; the independent electoral commission (IEC) has released the list of candidates to run for presidency.

At the beginning they were more than 60 presidential candidates but IEC has rejected some of them and only retained 33 candidates. Among those candidates, there are Mr. Joseph Kabila who is the actual president of the transition government and also three of the deputy presidents of the transitional government. There are also a lot personalities of the former regime of Mobutu as well as many candidates from the opposition, Mr. Etienne Tshisekedi who is one of the leader of the opposition has decided not to run for presidency because his request has not been accepted, indeed he wanted that the IEC to reopen its registration office to register some of his supporters who did not register at the time of registration but the IEC indicated that there is no time for registration of his supporters so he decided to boycott the upcoming election. Survey predicts the...
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