The United Nations on Wednesday decided against cutting back its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo as fears grow of political turmoil in the vast African country ahead of elections.
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a French-drafted resolution extending for one year the 20,000-strong MONUSCO mission, rejecting appeals from Kinshasa for a drawdown of the force.
Leading opposition parties in Democratic Republic of Congo endorsed a prominent former governor, Moise Katumbi, for president on Wednesday, hoping to rally support for an alternative to President Joseph Kabila.
The multi-millionaire Katumbi governed Congo’s southeastern copper mining heartland from 2007 until last September when he quit Kabila’s ruling party, accusing it of plotting to keep the president in power beyond the country’s two-term limit.
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