Congo elec­tion chief steps down:

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

The long­time head of Congo’s elec­tions com­mis­sion has re­signed, the pres­i­dency said in a sur­prise an­nounce­ment, adding to un­cer­tainty over a pres­i­den­tial poll due to be held next year. Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila has ruled the vast Cen­tral African na­tion for 14 years but is barred by the con­sti­tu­tion from run­ning for another term, although crit­ics say he is seek­ing to do that. Apol­li­naire Malumalu, a Catholic priest, headed the elec­tions com­mis­sion dur­ing an elec­tion won by Ka­bila in 2006 and re­turned to the job af­ter a 2011 vote tar­nished by ac­cu­sa­tions of fraud.

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