Kabila keeps the world guessing

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila yesterday urged to declare that he will not seek re-election with only five months to go before elections in the United States. Addressing the UN Security Council, US Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Cohen said the time for posturing is over and that Kabila must now make clear his intentions for the December 23 vote. France and Britain have previously also called for him to clearly state that he will step aside and not run in the election. Kabila had been expected to announce whether he planned to run in an address to parliament last week, but he kept the world guessing about his intentions. The vote is to take place two years later than originally scheduled, and after dozens have died in protests against Kabila who has been in power since 2001.