DR Congo presidential election delayed after warehouse fire

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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s long-delayed presidential election has been postponed for another week.

The vote, scheduled for Sunday, is now due to take place on 30 December, the Electoral Commission said on Thursday.

A delay in deploying voting materials to polling sites after a fire last week was behind the move, it added.

It is the latest in a series of delays to frustrate opposition supporters, who suspect that President Joseph Kabila intends to cling on to power.

Mr Kabila, who has been in office since 2001, was meant to have stepped down in 2016 under a constitutional prohibition from seeking an additional term.

However, the election to choose his successor has been continually postponed, amid unrest and reported logistical difficulties.

 

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