In an effort to aid democracy and political stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the U.S. has pledged $30M on the grounds that President Joseph Kabila doesn’t seek a third term, which is a violation of the country’s constitution.
That’s $30 million to not run again. It’s more than double the $12M the U.S. gave to support democratic elections and political stability last year. (Total U.S. aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo through 2013 was around $210 million.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is currently on tour in Africa, says the country needs to finalize the schedule for its 2016 elections.
“The sooner the process is announced, the sooner that the date is set, the sooner people have an ability to be able to participate,” Kerry told reporters after his meeting in Kabila. “And we believe it ought to be done in keeping with the constitutional process of the country.”
It is unknown if Kabila has agreed to the pledge.