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EU sanctions mooted amid DR Congo crackdown

Supporters of DR Congo opposition figure Moise Katumbi disperse after police fired tear gas outside the courthouse in Lubumbashi on May 13, 2016Britain warned Friday it may seek EU sanctions over “acts of repression” in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as police clashed with supporters of a key opposition leader accused of hiring foreign mercenaries. The warning came after the mineral-rich African country’s Constitutional Court this week ruled that President Joseph Kabila, in power since 2001, can stay in office beyond 2016 without being re-elected. “We are talking to our European colleagues about targeted sanctions against those responsible” for violence and intimidation against the opposition, said Danae Dholakia, Britain’s special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region.

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