President Joseph Mobutu recently announced the draft of a new constitution for Congo-Kinshasa, and his plans for the establishment of new institutions.
President Joseph Mobutu recently announced the draft of a new constitution for Congo-Kinshasa, and his plans for the establishment of new institutions. In a speech to the nation broadcast over the radio, the President said the constitution would be submitted to a popular referendum on June 4, with the results to be made public 20 days later.
The President said that Parliamentary elections would be held in 1968 to decide the members of a National Assembly, due to replace the present House of Representatives and Senate. These two houses would be dissolved as soon as the constitution was approved, and President Mobutu would rule by decree until 1968.
Presidential elections would be held in 1970 under direct universal suffrage, the new constitution giving voting rights to women.
The draft constitution limits to two the number of political parties or movements. President Mobutu recently announced that he would head a new revolutionary party.
Observers believed that the constitution, which aimed at the simplification of political life and the removal of the remnants of federalism, would be adopted on June 4. The draft made it clear that the Congo would be a unitary state whose policies would be wholly shaped in Kinshasa.