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Kabila leaves the presidential office the day after the inauguration, Tshisekedi

The former Congolese head of state Joseph Kabila has Friday, the presidential office in Kinshasa to leave and made way for his successor, Félix Tshisekedi. This is the first peaceful transfer of power since the independence of DRC in 1960.

Kabila and Tshisekedi argued behind closed doors is still a two-hour conversation, walked then up the stairs of the presidential palace and hugged each other, before the departure of the ex-president, 18 years in power. At the request of the press repeated the former opposition leader, who became president, his promise to respect human rights in the country, with the intention of the judicial authorities, their work, to be done in accordance with the law.

‘I already have a meeting scheduled of the National Security council, which I agencies, such as the ANR (national intelligence agency) will integrate. One of my first decisions will be the illegal prisons in the country to close, ” he said. The ANR is regularly accused of secretly detaining activists and other opponents for long periods.

Release political prisoners

Thursday promised president Tshisekedi during his inaugural speech, the release of political prisoners. “The minister of Justice is responsible for the registration of all political prisoners, prisoners of conscience, or like-minded people, on the whole territory with a view to their release”, said Tshisekedi.

“The importance of the Congolese will be my first consideration’, he stressed Friday, and said to have been ‘hit’ by the message of the people who asked him to be the motto of his father, the historic opposition leader Étienne Tshisekedi, to remember. The founder of the Union pour la Démocratie et le Progrès Social (UDPS) died on February 1, 2017 in Brussels, where his body still preserved.

‘The population will be my guiding principle during the whole period of my presidency, ” said the new Congolese president. The 55-year-old Tshisekedi was Thursday officially became the fifth president of the Demoxratische Republic of the Congo after taking the oath and receiving the symbols of power of his predecessor during a ceremony.

This is the first peaceful transfer of power since the independence of DRC in 1960.

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