Elections "pivotal" to stability in DRC: UN Great Lakes envoy

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Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region Said Djinnit addresses the Security Council on the situation in the area. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Political leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged to implement an agreement signed last December which paves the way for elections before the end of this year.

The appeal has been made by the UN envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, who says the holding of peaceful democratic elections is "pivotal" to stability in the country.

The 31 December accord facilitated by the Congolese Catholic Church, known as CENCO, also sees President Joseph Kabila stepping down after the vote.

Cristina Silveiro asked Mr Djinnit about the challenges in the region, including ongoing insecurity in the eastern DRC.

Duration: 6'33"

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