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Chaos as Congo delays vote on election laws

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 01:22

Violence erupts in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the government delays election vote, a move critics say is an effort to keep President Kabila in power past his term limit. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Chaotic scenes in the Democratic Republic of Congo after the government takes steps that could delay elections for years. Tires burn on the streets of Goma. People are under arrest amid outcry over the government's decision to delay a vote on proposed changes to election laws. Many fear the move could extend Joseph Kabila's presidency beyond the 2016 term limit. (SOUNDBITE) (Kiswahili) PROTESTER, ALBERT ULENGA, SAYING: "The only solution here is for the government to embrace democracy. Our leaders must understand this is not the time for war and they should let people go to the polls and choose who should govern them. This is not war, we want new leaders and we want to elect them." Similar scenes from earlier in the week in the capital city Kinshasa. One campaign group says at least 42 people have been killed in clashes with security forces. The government, which denies any plan to delay elections, says 15 people died, most of them looters.

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Chaos as Congo delays vote on election laws

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 01:22