DR Congo's Kabila backs ex-interior minister for vote: spokesman
The announcement came just hours before the deadline for lodging applications for the December 23 election -- a vote that analysts say is crucial for the country's future.
Shadary is permanent secretary of Kabila's party, the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD).
He "will represent our political family in the presidential election," spokesman Lambert Mende told a press conference. "We will all rally behind him."
Kabila, 47, has been in power for 17 years, taking over from his father, Laurent-Desire Kabila, who was killed by a bodyguard.
He has been accused by critics of corruption, incompetence and rights abuses.
Kabila is barred from running in the polls, according to the two-term limit set in the country's constitution.
Opponents staged protests that were bloodily repressed, triggering angry condemnations from the United States and the European Union.
Their choice was "the conclusion of consultations that the president..., the moral authority of the Common Front for Congo, undertook to find the rare bird," Mende told journalists.
(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)