"I reiterate that the elections scheduled for the end of this year are irreversible," Kabiyra told the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday. Everything will be implemented to ensure the conduct and credibility of these voting agenda. Kabiyra, who has been in power since his father was assassinated in 2001, nominated his favorite candidate to replace him in August. Put an end to long-standing speculation that he intends to challenge the Democratic Republic of the Congo's constitution to limit two terms and run for president again.
The 47-year-old leader's decision to stay in office after his second term in 2016 raised concerns that he would seek to amend or reinterpret the constitution and sparked sporadic protests in which dozens of people were killed.
Kabiyra has appointed Emanuel Ramasani Shadre as the next president of his coalition, but his two main opponents will not be able to run in the elections scheduled for December 23.
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