DR Congo president can remain in office without a vote: court

Democratic Republic of the Congo leader Joseph Kabila has been in power since 2001DR Congo’s President Joseph Kabila can remain in office when his mandate expires at the end of 2016, even without being re-elected, the Constitutional Court said Wednesday. The ruling came amid rising tensions over the government’s failure to set a date for the country’s next elections, originally due in November this year before Kabila’s term ends. After months of incessant controversy, protests and arrests, Wednesday saw police in Lubumbashi, the country’s second biggest city, use tear gas and stun batons to clear thousands of opposition supporters who had stormed a courthouse.

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