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Major opposition rally banned in Congo after Kabila ruling

The opposition accuses Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila of planning to amend the constitution to extend his rulePublic demonstrations have been banned in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said, ahead of a planned opposition rally to denounce a controversial court ruling allowing President Joseph Kabila to remain in power beyond his mandate. Protests were prohibited in North Kivu province in the east and the second city of Lubumbashi after the alliance called for nationwide protests following the Constitutional Court decision this month to let Kabila remain in a caretaker capacity after the expiry of his term in December. Julien Paluku, governor of violence-wracked North Kivu, said no public rallies would be permitted in the province, according to a press conference broadcast online.

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