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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 19, 2005


Democratic Republic of the Congo: New Constitution Adopted by Parliament

The United States welcomes the adoption May 13 of the new Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) constitution that establishes a balance of powers between the branches of government, ensures protection and development of minorities, and provides for a limit of two presidential terms. We note the flexibility shown by all members of the transitional Congolese government in reaching this agreement.

The United States hopes the national constitutional referendum will take place as soon as feasible, followed by national elections within the time frame mandated in the Sun City Accords of 2003.

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Released on May 19, 2005

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