The Nov. 23 editorial “Before Mr. Obama leaves office” wrongly interpreted steps being taken in Congo to prepare for free and fair elections and to advance democracy.
On Oct. 18, representatives of Congo’s presidential majority, political opposition and civil society concluded a national dialogue with an agreement on steps toward peaceful, credible and transparent elections. Additional opposition party leaders have added their signatures to the agreement. President Joseph Kabila subsequently appointed Samy Badibanga Ntita, chairman of a parliamentary group of the opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress and its allies, as prime minister, which U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed as the first of several steps in the implementation of the agreement that will culminate in a presidential election in the coming months.
Mr. Kabila intends to respect the constitution throughout the electoral process, including once his term ends, as he looks to strengthen our democracy and protect the nation from descending into another era of chaos. Many challenges remain as we advance toward elections, but Congo is committed to a democratic transfer of power and welcomes the international community’s support in this endeavor.
François Nkuna Balumuene, Washington
The writer is Congo’s ambassador
to the United States.