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Obama urges DRCongo's Kabila to respect constitution

Joseph Kabila came to power in 2001 after the assassination of his father, and is now approaching the end of the two full terms in power permitted under the country's constitutionAs Congolese President Joseph Kabila appears to toy with extending his 14-year rule, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged him to respect the Democratic Republic of Congo’s constitution. “The president emphasized the importance of timely, credible, and peaceful elections that respect the DRC’s constitution,” the White House said following a phone call between the two men. Kabila came to power in 2001 after the assassination of his father Laurent, and is now approaching the end of the two full terms in power permitted under the country’s constitution. The Democratic Republic of Congo has long been a source of instability in southern and central Africa.

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