Congo parliament says to drop controversial part of election law




 
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January 24th, 2015  
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Topic: Congo parliament says to drop controversial part of election law


By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's lawmakers will remove part of an electoral reform bill the opposition says was aimed at keeping President Joseph Kabila in power, the head of the national assembly said on Saturday. Parliamentarians will vote on the bill on Sunday, Aubin Minaku said, potentially ending a violent standoff in which some 42 people have been killed in the capital and other parts of the country during violent protests over recent days. "The line in question (will) be purely and simply withdrawn from the law," Minaku told journalists in Kinshasa. "We have responded to [the people's] expectations so that there is serenity." Under Kabila's proposed law, a national census would have to be completed before the next presidential elections, expected in 2016.




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