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Vol 57 No 21

Published 21st October 2016


Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila slides into a legitimacy crisis

After the Kinshasa clashes, opposition is mounting – at home and abroad – to the President's plans to extend his time in power

Violent clashes in Kinshasa between protestors and police last month show how the row over President Joseph Kabila's plans to delay elections could trigger a crisis across the country – from the capital in the west to the copper-rich Katanga region in the east where opposition support is growing sharply. On 28 September, the United States announced sanctions on a Congolese general and a senior police officer. And at the beginning of October, France said it would be pushing the European Union to take stronger measures to stop Congo-Kinshasa's clashes from spinning out of control.

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