DR Congo

DR Congo opposition rejects vote delay, calls for strike

FULL ARTICLE. The main opposition party of DR Congo, The Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), has strongly rejected a decision to push back this year’s election to April 2018, calling it a “flagrant violation” of the constitution. The postponement of the vote, which hands President Joseph Kabila more than a year of extra time in office, was approved by the country’s constitutional court following talks between the ruling coalition and smaller parties – these talks were boycotted by the majority of opposition forces. Should the agreement hold, a new government would be set up, with the key post of prime minister handed to an opposition figure. The European Union has threatened sanctions if the country does not hold elections in 2017. [Al Jazeera English]

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