What is the conflict and who are the parties involved?In the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Joseph Kabila has ruled for another unconstitutional term. The DRC constitution keeps Kabila from running for a third term. But the DRC government has delayed elections to December 2018. This has sparked protests toward the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy by Opposition parties. 2) Is this a territorial, religious, racial, or ethnic conflict? Combination? Explain.This is a political conflict, because it is a fight between multiple parties over President Kabila’s third unconstitutional term. 3) Where is the conflict occurring? How does the location affect the conflict?The conflict is occurring at the DRC capital, Kinshasa. The location affects the conflict because that’s where Kabila is, causing him to be in danger by protesters.
Also it causes more riots and casualties. 4) What is the cause of the disagreement?DRC President Kabila’s second term ended on December 19th of 2016. But the government has postponed elections throughout the years. As the years go by protesters get more angry and more riots occur.
The DRC government has now set a date for the next elections in December of 2018. 5) How long has the disagreement occurred?The conflict has occurred for a little over a year. If the government does not postpone the elections again it will stop before becoming two years. 6) How has the dispute been carried out?The dispute has been carried out by social media and TV.
When the announcement that President Kabila would stay in office for a while longer hit Kinshasa first and spread throughout most of East DRC. 7) What impact has the conflict had on the region and people?Because of this conflict opposition parties have protested, which has gotten bigger and bigger every year. There have been riots that get worse which have lead to casualties for both protesters and the police force. In a recent riot, a police officer threw tear gas at protesters.
That day 50 protesters were killed and dozens were arrested. 8) What is the scale of the conflict?Knowing that a lot of people of died because of this disagreement, I’d say it is very intense. Any problem in the world that the UN has to get into is a bad one. Especially when it has been going on for so long. 9) Why does the disagreement continue and are there any contrary options?The disagreement still continues because the DRC government keeps delaying presidential elections.
The disagreement could be stopped if they just held elections for a new president. 10) What is the world response?The UN has around 20,000 troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This has made it one of the biggest peacemaker missions in the world. Troops are mostly there in maintaining regional stability