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Congo, EU clash over Shadary travel ban


Elections holding in two weeks

By Nsikan Ikpe


For supervising the crackdown on citizens protesting the illegal deferment of polls in the country, the European Union, EU has renewed its travel ban on the candidate of outgoing President Joseph Kabila, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary for another one year.

With polls due to take place in another two weeks, the immediate implication is that even if he is elected, Shadary would remain ineligible to travel to Europe until after the period lapses and the ban is possibly reviewed.

The Congolese government has rejected the move, describing it as an act of interference in the forthcoming polls.

The ban also affects 13 other top administration officials.

President Kabila’s tenure lapsed in December 2016 and it has taken sustained pressure from within and without the country to keep him away from changing the constitution and putting himself on the ballot to run and win once again.




Emmanuel Ramazini Shadary, DRC politician

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