World Markets

Congo president vows not to accept judicial reforms that cause 'harm'

Credit: REUTERS/HENRY NICHOLLS

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said on Monday he would not accept any reforms that undermined the independence of the judiciary, the latest salvo in a standoff within the ruling coalition over proposed judicial changes.

Adds quotes, background

KINSHASA, June 29 (Reuters) - Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said on Monday he would not accept any reforms that undermined the independence of the judiciary, the latest salvo in a standoff within the ruling coalition over proposed judicial changes.

The disagreement over a proposal to give the justice ministry more control over criminal prosecutions has highlighted strains in the coalition between Tshisekedi and allies of his long-serving predecessor, Joseph Kabila.

It led last week to the brief arrest of the justice minister, prompting the prime minister to threaten the resignation of the government.

In an address to the nation to mark Democratic Republic of Congo's 60th anniversary of independence from Belgium, Tshisekedi alluded to the dispute.

"Under no circumstances will I accept reforms in this sector which, by their nature and content, would harm the fundamental principles governing justice," he said.

Tshisekedi came to power in January 2019, forming a coalition with Kabila, who maintains extensive powers through his parliamentary majority and control of most cabinet ministries and the prime minister's office.

In his wide-ranging speech, Tshisekedi affirmed his commitment to working with the coalition.

But "let me take this symbolic occasion of commemorating independence to reaffirm that no majority, political or parliamentary ... can overstep the founding principles of the republic," he warned.

(Reporting by Stanis Bujakera and Fiston Mahamba Writing by Herward Holland and Alessandra Prentice Editing by Chris Reese and Lincoln Feast.)

((alessandra.prentice@thomsonreuters.com; +380 44 244 9150; Reuters Messaging: alessandra.prentice.reuters.com@reuters.net))

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

Latest Markets Videos

    Reuters

    Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest international multimedia news provider reaching more than one billion people every day. Reuters provides trusted business, financial, national, and international news to professionals via Thomson Reuters desktops, the world's media organizations, and directly to consumers at Reuters.com and via Reuters TV.

    Learn More