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Congo deal reached to end Kabila's term after elections in 2017 - mediator
December 30, 2016 / 8:27 PM / a year ago

Congo deal reached to end Kabila's term after elections in 2017 - mediator

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese President Joseph Kabila will step down after elections held before the end of 2017, under a deal struck by political parties on Friday, according to a lead mediator from the Catholic Church.

Democratic Republic of the Congo's President Joseph Kabila and First Lady Marie Olive Lembe attend the anniversary celebrations of CongoÕs independence from Belgium in Kindu, the capital of Maniema province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe/File Photo

Under the deal, Kabila will be unable to change the constitution to extend his mandate and run for a third term, Marcel Utembi, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo, told reporters.

Reporting By Aaron Ross, writing by Edward McAllister

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