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Parliamentary questions
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22 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005882-18
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Jean-Luc Schaffhauser (ENF)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Sanctions on the Democratic Republic of Congo
 Answer in writing 

A number of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government officials are currently being sanctioned, including Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, a candidate in the presidential election of 13 December 2018.

The sanctions were imposed in reaction to Joseph Kabila’s abuses of the DRC’s democratic processes. Why have the sanctions against Mr Shadary not been lifted?

Those measures constitute unacceptable interference in the ongoing inclusive, open and democratic electoral process in the DRC because they divide candidates into those with the EU’s blessing and those without.

Therefore, it is important that those sanctions be lifted immediately to prevent accusations of neo-colonialism, bias and electoral manipulation. We must be clear with Africans and ourselves: the era when the West chose Africa’s leaders is over!

Taking into account the ongoing democratic process, could the Vice-President/High Representative provide me with the timetable for the lifting of those sanctions?

Original language of question: FR 
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