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Clashes in Congo amid Kabila election fears

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 01:04

Congolese opposition activists in the capital Kinshasa are protesting plans by President Joseph Kabila to delay an election, seen as an attempt to illegally hold on to power. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Police and opposition protesters clashed in the capital Kinshasa after signs emerged that President Joseph Kabila is trying hold onto power. Kabila's term expires in December and he can't run again....but the election commission has petitioned to postpone the next election, a move many believe is designed to keep Kabila in office. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PROTESTER, MOUSSA ILUNGA, SAYING: "Kabila does not want to leave this country and does not want to organise elections. That's why today we are forced to protest to show our dissent for the 2016 elections." (SOUNDBITE) (Lingala) PROTESTER, ERICK MBALA, SAYING: "We don't need him anymore, he should leave. His mandate is over, he needs to leave." Amid the smoke and chaos one police officer was reportedly lynched. Shots were fired and some protesters were seen being carried away. Congo has never experienced a peaceful transition of power and some fear, given the escalation in violence here, it won't happen this year either.

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Clashes in Congo amid Kabila election fears

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 01:04