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Fraught DR Congo faces national strike over election row

The fractured opposition recently came together in a new coalition headed by veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi to demand Kabila end his 15-year ruleThe tense DR Congo faces a nationwide shutdown Tuesday after the country’s main opposition alliance refused to join talks with President Joseph Kabila’s government in a stormy row over delayed presidential elections. The fractured opposition recently came together in a new coalition — “Rassemblement” (Gathering) — headed by veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi to demand Kabila end his 15-year rule and step down when his mandate expires on December 20. The coalition this weekend rejected an offer of all-party talks on the election that had been scheduled for Tuesday by Togo’s former premier Edem Kodjo, who was asked to step in by the African Union (AU) to avoid a crisis.

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