Didier Reynders welcomes the consensus on the electoral reform bill in the DRC

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, January 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the spirit of conciliation and dialogue that prevailed between the different political actors after the recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He welcomes the consensus reached by the National Assembly and the Senate, who chose to preserve social peace by withdrawing from the electoral reform bill a clause under which a national census would have to be completed before the next presidential and parliamentary elections.

 

Minister Reynders stresses that credible, inclusive, peaceful and transparent elections must be organized in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He calls on all political actors to refrain from taking any action that would impead the organisation of elections according to the provisions stipulated in the Constitution, or would limit participation. Belgium will remain attentive to this.

 

Minister Reynders stresses that democratic elections are not possible without liberty of expression and peaceful assembly. Civil society has an essential and constructive role to play.

 

Didier Reynders underlines that Belgium will support the organisation of these elections only if the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) adopts a clear, reasonable and transparent budget, as well as a realistic and credible timetable.

Source:: Didier Reynders welcomes the consensus on the electoral reform bill in the DRC

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Democratic Republic of Congo – Compromise Electoral Law Adopted

WASHINGTON, January 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

Jen Psaki

Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

January 25, 2015

 

The United States welcomes the Parliament of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s approval of electoral legislation that sets the country on course towards timely elections in line with its Constitution. We applaud the efforts of the National Assembly and the Senate to reach consensus and ensure that presidential elections happen no later than December 2016. Parliament’s action today reflects the will of the Congolese people and upholds the DRC constitution. We urge President Kabila to expeditiously sign the electoral legislation as passed by the Parliament and reaffirm that Congo’s first peaceful transition of power will take place through presidential elections in 2016‎. We also call upon the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) to release a global electoral calendar promptly that is in line with Parliament’s action and the Constitution.

The actions the DRC Parliament has taken today, along with President Kabila’s expected signature, represent critical, albeit initial, steps towards national elections in 2016 and what could be the DRC’s first peaceful transfer in power in its almost 55 years since independence. We encourage all Congolese stakeholders, including the government, opposition, and civil society, to use this opportunity to undertake a peaceful, transparent, and inclusive dialogue about the electoral process moving forward. The United States stands ready to support the DRC in this process.

Source:: Democratic Republic of Congo – Compromise Electoral Law Adopted

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Zambia Presidential By-Elections

WASHINGTON, January 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

Jen Psaki

Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

January 25, 2015

 

The Government of the United States congratulates the people of the Republic of Zambia for conducting another democratic election. Facing significant logistical challenges, Zambians went to the polls to uphold their democratic traditions. We acknowledge the important work of the Electoral Commission of Zambia and its chair, as well as the domestic, regional, and international monitoring groups. We hope that any issues will be resolved in the same spirit and democratic tradition. We encourage the people of Zambia to move forward, as their national motto states, as “One Zambia, One Nation.”

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We look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship with the Government of the Republic of Zambia and its newly elected president, Edgar Lungu. Together, our two nations have a strong friendship on which to build. We cooperate on providing health care to those most in need, in promoting peace and security in the region, in attracting investment, and in spurring economic development. We look forward to an even more dynamic and positive partnership in the years to come.

Source:: Zambia Presidential By-Elections

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Secretary-General on the Presidential Election in Zambia

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Presidential Election in Zambia

 

 

NEW YORK, January 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General has been closely following the recent presidential election in Zambia. He congratulates the people, Government and political parties of Zambia, as well as the electoral authorities, for the peaceful manner in which the country organized its presidential election, despite difficult weather conditions. Zambia’s long record of peaceful transitions through proper democratic processes is an example in the region.

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The Secretary-General reaffirms the readiness of the United Nations to continue to work with the Government of Zambia to press ahead with its national priorities and to support the Government and people of Zambia as we all move towards a new sustainable development agenda.

Source:: Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Presidential Election in Zambia

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Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Singapore and the Republic of The Gambia, 24 January 2015

SINGAPORE, Singapore, January 23, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Government of the Republic of Singapore and the Government of the Republic of The Gambia have established diplomatic relations with effect from 23 January 2015.

Source:: Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Singapore and the Republic of The Gambia, 24 January 2015

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Malawi : WFP scales up flood assistance

WFP SCALES UP MALAWI FLOOD ASSISTANCE IN FACE OF FUNDING CHALLENGES

LILONGWE, Malawi, January 23, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started distribution of high-energy biscuits to people stranded by floodwaters in Nsanje district, one of the worst-affected by floods in southern Malawi.

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Some 77 metric tons of biscuits, enough to feed 77,000 people, were airlifted into Malawi from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai earlier this week. This ready-to-eat food is prioritized for the most vulnerable people, particularly children, who are displaced from their homes and have no access to food or cooking facilities.

 

Reaching the worst-hit areas to assess needs has been extremely difficult as many roads and bridges were damaged or washed away. According to latest figures from Malawi’s food security cluster, some 370,000 people require urgent food and other relief assistance.

 

Within days of the President of Malawi declaring a disaster in 15 of the country’s 28 districts, WFP began distributing maize, beans, vegetable oil and Super Cereal (a flour fortified with vitamins and minerals) to people displaced from their homes.

 

Distributions are continuing in some of the hardest-hit districts of Chikwawa, Mulanje, Zomba and in Phalombe, which includes the Traditional Authority of Chiwalo. This food was already in the country and was quickly re-allocated from the lean season response funded by the United States, Britain and Germany to help food-insecure people at this time of year.

 

Working with the Government of Malawi, UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations, WFP aims to provide food assistance to up to 150,000 displaced people by the end of this week. A helicopter is due to arrive today to support WFP’s relief operation.

 

WFP has welcomed an announcement by the Government of Malawi that it is contributing 14,000 metric tons of maize from its Strategic Grain Reserve. Funding is now required to transport and distribute this food. Overall, WFP urgently needs US$18 million to continue its assistance to Malawi’s flood victims.

Source:: WFP SCALES UP MALAWI FLOOD ASSISTANCE IN FACE OF FUNDING CHALLENGES

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