Security Council welcomes DRC agreement

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A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Security Council has welcomed the recent signing of an accord on the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Government and opposition leaders signed the comprehensive and inclusive political agreement in the capital, Kinshasa, on 31 December last year.

Matthew Wells reports.

The Security Council has expressed hope that the agreement will be swiftly implemented in its entirety so that peaceful, credible and inclusive elections can be held in the DRC before the end of this year. 

The country has been experiencing a political crisis due to delays in the electoral process, and the deal envisions a peaceful transfer of power. 

President Joseph Kabila was due to step down when his second term ended last month. 

He will leave office after the elections which will be held no later than December 2017. 

Security Council members said they were encouraged by the spirit of flexibility and compromise demonstrated by political leaders in reaching the agreement. 

They also stressed the importance for the government of DRC and its partners to take steps to accelerate preparations for the elections within the agreed timeframe. 

The inclusion of women in the follow-up and implementation of the agreement was also highlighted. 

Matthew Wells, United Nations. 

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