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Congo Opposition Leader Katumbi Will Return to Congo in December

Moise Katumbi speaks to the press in Geneva, on June 2, 2017.

Moise Katumbi speaks to the press in Geneva, on June 2, 2017.

Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader and presidential hopeful Moise Katumbi said he will return to his homeland in December after more than a year abroad to participate in the country’s delayed elections.

The 52-year-old former governor of Congo’s copper-rich Katanga province plans to challenge President Joseph Kabila’s rule of the Central African country on his return, he said at a conference Monday in London. Katumbi has previously pledged to return to the country and then failed to make the trip, while one attempt to travel was thwarted when the Congolese authorities refused to clear a plane carrying him.