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Congo Faces Increased Instability as Key Vote Date Approaches

  • Opposition says Kabila delaying vote to remain in office
  • Protest acction will be difficult to ‘control,’ analysts say

The Democratic Republic of Congo faces an increasing likelihood of larger protests as the country approaches election deadlines, even after the main opposition alliance led a national strike on Tuesday that drew mixed support.

The opposition called on students and workers to stay home after it withdrew from planned talks on the organization of elections and demanded the removal of an African Union-appointed facilitator, Edem Kodjo. While the streets of the capital, Kinshasa, were quiet on Tuesday morning with many shops closed and fewer cars on the streets, in other cities commercial activity was less affected.