New hitches hold up DR Congo crisis deal

Talks between the DR Congo government and opposition aim to resolve the future of President Joseph Kabila (pictured), who is holding onto power although his second and final five-year term ended on December 20Fresh problems held up efforts by the Catholic Church to unveil a deal on Saturday for ending the political crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a mediator said. Talks between the government and opposition aim to resolve the future of President Joseph Kabila, who is holding onto power although his second and final five-year term ended on December 20. The negotiations, launched on December 8, are taking place under the aegis of the influential Catholic Church, which had initially set Christmas Day as a deadline for a deal.

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