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DR Congo security forces arrest opposition leader

Secretary general of the Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC) Jean-Bertrand Ewanga (c) attend a protest called by the Congolese Opposition, on August 4, 2014 in KinshasaSecurity forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday arrested senior opposition lawmaker Jean-Bertrand Ewanga, a day after a rally to oppose any extension of presidential rule, his party said. Ewanga, the general secretary of the Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC) party, was “arrested this morning very early at his home in Kinshasa after yesterday’s meeting,” said a statement posted on Twitter by Lydie Omanga, communications chief for UNC president Vital Kamerhe. Thousands of people demonstrated in the capital on Monday to protest over suspicions that the rulers of the vast central African country intend to amend the constitution and enable President Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond 2016, when he is due to step down after two five-year elected terms.

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