September 19, 2016

DRC Protests: 17 Dead As Congolese Demand Kabila Resignation

DRC Protests: 17 Dead As Congolese Demand Kabila Resignation


The number of people killed in today’s protest in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa has rised to 17, Interior Minister Evariste Boshab has said.

The dead include three police officers, one of whom was burnt alive, the minister added.

Earlier, police fired teargas to disperse demonstrators calling for President Joseph Kabila to step down.

Protesters set up barricades and torched cars on one of the city's main roads.
Protesters set up barricades and torched cars on one of the city’s main roads.

Protesters  set up barricades and torched cars on one of the city’s main roads.

The opposition says Mr Kabila is trying to delay the poll in order to remain in power beyond his two-term limit.

The electoral commission was meant to announce a date for presidential elections, due in November, on Monday.

Protesters had planned to march to the commission’s headquarters to demand a precise election timetable.

A government-backed effort to work out a solution to the political crisis, called a “national dialogue”, has been boycotted by most opposition parties.

Mr Kabila’s second term, the maximum allowed under the country’s constitution, is due to expire on 20 December.

DR Congo has never had a smooth transfer of power since independence more than 55 years ago.

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