US urges Congolese president to follow constitution, refuse to run for third term, in 2016

The United States is prepared to give Congo $30 million in aid for stability and democracy-building — but wants President Joseph Kabila (kah-BEE'-lah) to agree to step down at the end of his current term in office.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Congo's government also needs to schedule elections soon. The vote is tentatively set for 2016, although a firm date has not yet been set.

In a private Sunday meeting, Kerry said he urged Kabila to follow Congo's constitution in the upcoming elections, which would prohibit him from running for a third consecutive term as president.

It was not clear if Kabila agreed.

The funding also would help further stability efforts in Congo, which has been wracked by violence for two decades.