Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila will not stand in December’s presidential election, a spokesman said on Wednesday, announcing that former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary would be the ruling coalition’s candidate
The announcement by spokesman Lambert Mende at a news conference puts an end to years of speculation about whether Kabila would defy term limits to run for a third term.
On many occasions, the Congolese head of state promised to respect the Congolese constitution, which limits to two the successive mandates of the President of the Republic.
Ramazani Shadary, 58, is one of President Kabila’s most loyal lieutenants.
A practicing Catholic, this former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and Security, had begun a tour of the provinces in recent months haranguing the crowds and mobilizing the masses around the political project of Joseph Kabila.
Married and the father of eight children, Ramazani Shadary holds a special studies degree in Political Science from the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN) and a degree (Bac + 5) in Political and Administrative Sciences from the University. of Lubumbashi (UNILU).