DRC presidential vote set for November 2016

2015-02-12 21:53
A large area of natural forest that has been burnt down on a yearly basis to make charcoal near the village of Mweso, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Melanie Gouby, AP)

A large area of natural forest that has been burnt down on a yearly basis to make charcoal near the village of Mweso, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Melanie Gouby, AP)

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Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo will hold a presidential poll in November next year, the election commission announced Thursday, after deadly protests erupted over opposition fears that the incumbent Joseph Kabila was trying to extend his stay in power.

The vote will take place on 27 November 2016, at the same time as legislative elections, Independent National Electoral Commission official Jean-Pierra Kalamba said.

The announcement comes after Kabila enacted a new electoral law dropping a contentious provision that would have extended his stay in office beyond the two terms laid down in the constitution.

The disputed clause had made any presidential poll in the troubled central African country contingent on a new voters' roll being drawn up after a census - a process that had been expected to take years.

This would have allowed Kabila to extend his term in office beyond December 2016 when his second mandate ends.

Violent anti-government protests erupted in January that left between 27 and 42 people dead, mainly in the capital Kinshasa, before parliament adopted the new electoral law.

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