Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mar 29, 2017 / 19:07 pm
Political unrest and uncertainty about the future have grown in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the Catholic bishops' withdrawal from mediation talks aimed to resolve national political tensions.
"We think that there's no longer anything to do," Msgr. Donatien Nshole, secretary general of the Congolese bishops' conference, told Reuters on Tuesday. "We have given all our time and all our energy."
The bishops' conference helped negotiate a Dec. 31 agreement that aimed to avoid political crisis through securing a 2017 election that would choose the successor of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila.
The agreement brought the country back from the brink of renewed civil war.