US ‘concerned’ about politicized law enforcement

While visiting the Congo, Secretary of State Antony Blinken raised concerns over the report an opposition politician has been detained

US ‘concerned’ about politicized law enforcement

US ‘concerned’ about politicized law enforcement

Secretary of State Antony Blinken objected to the arrest of an opposition politician in the Congo

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that detaining an opposition politician might be a “possible setback” in establishing “the right environment” for elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Blinken met with government officials and activists in Kinshasa as part of his trip to Africa.

“We have full respect for the laws of the DRC, but we are concerned about any steps taken that could actually reduce the political space, especially as the country heads into elections,” Blinken said, according to AP. 

“making public insults and harmful accusations that were of offense to the president.”

Even as Blinken expressed concerns about Kabund, the State Department announced the US would send up to $23.75 million to the Congo. The money would be spent to support the electoral system, “improve civic and voter education, and help marginalized communities to understand and participate in the political process,” according to Foggy Bottom.

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