Me­di­a­tors want po­lit­i­cal cri­sis solved by Christ­mas

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KIN­SHASA | Me­di­a­tors urged Congo’s pres­i­dent and op­po­si­tion par­ties on Wed­nes­day to reach an agree­ment be­fore Christ­mas on a peace­ful set­tle­ment to the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal cri­sis, say­ing dozens al­ready have been killed this week amid protests over the pres­i­dent’s stay in power.

Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila’s man­date ended this week, and he is con­sti­tu­tion­ally barred from seek­ing an­other term, but a court has ruled that he can re­main in power un­til new elec­tions, which have been in­def­i­nitely de­layed.

The vote once was set for Novem­ber, but the rul­ing party now says it won’t be held un­til 2018.

Anger over the de­lay has swept the coun­try. A heavy mil­i­tary and po­lice pres­ence re­mained in the cap­i­tal, Kin­shasa, and across the coun­try Wed­nes­day.

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