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Belgium says will "re-examine" relations with former colony Congo
December 20, 2016 / 11:07 AM / a year ago

Belgium says will "re-examine" relations with former colony Congo

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Former colonial power Belgium said on Tuesday that it will “re-examine” its relations with Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila after he failed to step down when his mandate expired on Monday.

Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila attends the signing ceremony of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes, at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

Kabila, who has ruled since 2001, was required by constitutional term limits to leave office but his government says the presidential election to replace him cannot take place until 2018.

“As there is no inclusive agreement, relations between Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be re-examined, with the greatest circumspection for any new engagement with the current authorities,” the statement said.

Reporting By Aaron Ross; Editing by Tim Cocks/Jeremy Gaunt

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