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Congo Leaders Agree on December Elections to End Kabila Rule

  • Kabila hasn’t yet signed accord brokered by Catholic Church
  • At least 40 died in protests after he overstayed mandate

Democratic Republic of Congo’s ruling party and opposition leaders have signed a deal designed to end President Joseph Kabila’s rule and halt the violence that has erupted over his refusal to step down.

Under the agreement reached late Saturday, delayed presidential, legislative and provincial elections will be held in December, after which Kabila will leave. Kabila, in power since 2001, has not yet signed the accord, which was mediated by the country’s powerful Catholic Church.