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DR Congo opposition rejects bid to postpone poll to 2018

Etienne Tshisekedi (C), an opposition leader in D.R.Congo, is surrounded by journalists as he arrives in KinshasaThe Democratic Republic of Congo’s main opposition party firmly rejected a deal signed Tuesday which would keep President Joseph Kabila in power until 2018 by postponing this year’s presidential vote until April 2018. The UDPS, led by veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, “rejects” the proposal mooted Monday to delay the vote as a “flagrant violation” of the constitution, the party’s secretary-general Jean-Marc Kabund told AFP. The idea was agreed by the authorities and fringe opposition groups taking part in a “national dialogue” held to reduce tensions triggered by fears that Kabila has no intention of stepping down when his mandate ends in December.

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