Target: Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Goal: Step down from role as president and hold elections to determine new a successor.
The president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has refused to give up his seat at the end of his second and final term in office after 15 years of ruling. Officials were supposed to hold an election that would have determined a replacement, but it got rescheduled for over a year past the end of the term, effectively giving Kabila an extended stay in office. Congolese citizens have threatened protests if Kabila retains his position, which has been met with an order to block social media sites from Congolese people to keep them in the dark about uprisings in the country.
Only about eight percent of Congolese citizens support Kabila, while 80 percent feel strongly that he should step down despite there not currently being a replacement. This country has never experienced a peaceful transfer of power, and many are concerned that Kabila’s actions will lead to violence and bloodshed. Some believe this dictatorial ruler will attempt to change the constitution to allow himself another term as president. Sign this petition to demand that the Congo soon hold an election and that Kabila step down from office.
Dear President Kabila,
A peaceful transfer of power is important when it comes to securing peace and safety for a country’s citizens. Your failure to hold an election does not negate the fact that your term as president has ended and that it is time to hand the reins over to someone else.
Citizens have threatened protests, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo could soon revert to its violent ways if you do not comply with your country’s constitution. Your citizens deserve the chance to make their voice heard and choose the person they want to represent them. I am writing to demand that you step down as president once your term has ceased and work toward scheduling an election for a replacement as soon as possible.
[Your Name Here]
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