DRC post­pones pres­i­den­tial elec­tions to 2018

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KIN­SHASA — The gov­ern­ment of the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo (DRC) says it will push back next month’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion to April 2018, in a move that is set to keep Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila in of­fice un­til the de­layed vote.

The de­ci­sion, an­nounced on Sun­day after talks be­tween the rul­ing coali­tion and smaller par­ties, is ex­pected to anger the main op­po­si­tion bloc, which boy­cotted the cross-party dis­cus­sions.

“The main op­po­si­tion coali­tion have not been part of the di­a­logue that led to this de­ci­sion,” Al Jazeera’s Mal­colm Webb, reporting from Kam­pala in neigh­bour­ing Uganda, said.

“They say that the di­a­logue is not fair, not trans­par­ent and it is part of what they say is Ka­bila’s at­tempt to over stay in of­fice.”

The pres­i­den­tial elec­tion was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Novem­ber, with Ka­bila, who is con­sti­tu­tion­ally barred from seek­ing a third term in of­fice, due to step down in De­cem­ber. — AFP

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