DRC opposition rally at summit

2012-10-01 20:30

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Kinshasa - The main opposition party in the Democratic Republic of Congo has called for a rally in the capital Kinshasa on 12 October, the opening day of a major summit for the French-speaking world.

In a statement received by AFP on Monday, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) said it was re-launching its "fight for the truth of the ballot boxes" and was asking for an "occupation" of the streets.

Etienne Tshisekedi, who heads the UDPS, proclaimed himself the people's president after disputed polls last November that were won by Joseph Kabila.

"We are going to demonstrate ... because he who was elected cannot exercise power," interim UDPS general secretary Bruno Mavungo said.

Such demonstrations have previously been expressly forbidden and dispersed with varying degrees of violence. It was not immediately known if authorities would ban the upcoming march.

The Francophonie summit will be held in Kinshasa from 12 October to 14 October. French President Francois Hollande has said he will attend and would meet with opposition figures and activists.

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