DR Congo opposition strike call slows business

Joseph Kabila took over after his father was assassinated in 2001, before being elected in 2006 and 2011Business slowed in Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Tuesday after the opposition called for a national strike to demand President Joseph Kabila end his 15-year rule when his mandate runs out in December. Rush-hour traffic in Kinshasa was unusually jam-free in the busy city of 11 million people but it appeared to be business as usual in other cities. “It took me seven minutes to drive from (the northwestern district of) Kitambo to the central station when it usually takes me 30,” said Kinshasa taxi-driver Firmin Luzitu.

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