Congo deal reached to end Kabila's term after elections in 2017 - mediator

by Reuters
Friday, 30 December 2016 20:09 GMT

KINSHASA, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Congolese President Joseph Kabila will step down after elections held before the end of 2017, under a deal struck by political parties on Friday, according to a lead mediator from the Catholic Church.

Under the deal, Kabila will be unable to change the constitution to extend his mandate and run for a third term, Marcel Utembi, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo, told reporters. (Reporting By Aaron Ross, writing by Edward McAllister)


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