DR Congo President Extends State Of Siege In Ituri, North Kivu Provinces

The state of siege was first introduced in May 2021 to help curb violent extremism and rebel attacks in DR Congo. It has since been extended several times as violence intensifies.

President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo has signed a decree promulgating into law a Council of Ministers decision extending the state of siege in the restive provinces of Ituri and North Kivu in the eastern part of the country.

President Tshisekedi signed the law on Wednesday, Jan. 19, which now extends the state of siege in the two provinces by 15 days.

The decision to extend the state of siege was taken during the 36th Council of Ministers meeting held Jan. 14, 2022.

The extension decision was taken by the Council of Ministers instead of the National Assembly following a decision by the two houses of parliament to grant legislative powers to the Council of Ministers during the holiday period of the legislatures which would last until March 14, 2022.

Besides granting the Council of Ministers power to legislate on the state of siege in Ituri and North Kivu provinces, the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament also granted the Council of Ministers power to authorise the government to sign loan accords with international lending institutions and government partners.

This is the second consecutive time the government is extending the state of siege in Ituri and North Kivu provinces which was decreed by President Tshisekedi on May 6, 2021.

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