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Prime Minister resigns to avert crisis

The Prime Minister of Congo. Twitter photo.

The Prime Minister of Congo, Mr. Augustin Matata Ponyo, has resigned in a deal to form a new government that will accommodate opposition.

The resignation is to avert political crisis that might hit the country, Africa Review , reports

Reports say he resigned on Monday to pave way for an opposition figure to take his place to avert crisis.

I have offered my resignation as well as those of the members of my government… to respond to the spirit and the letter of the accord,” said Mr Ponyo said.

He broke the news after a meeting with President Joseph Kabila, referring to the deal struck after a political dialogue boycotted by the main opposition parties.

DRC’s political crisis deepened last month after a presidential election, which had been due before the year’s end, was postponed until April 2018.

The opposition  has accused Kabila, who has been in office since 2001, of manipulating the electoral system to stay in power after his second term ends on December 20.

The decision to delay the vote was taken in October by the government and fringe opposition groups following a “national dialogue” — boycotted as a sham by much of the opposition — aimed at calming soaring political tensions.

Kabila will address the nation Tuesday when he speaks to parliament.

UN Security Council delegation in the country has called for a peaceful transition of power following the government’s decision to delay elections.