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Congo deal reached to end Kabila's term after elections in 2017 - mediator
December 30, 2016 / 8:13 PM / 10 months ago

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

KINSHASA (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.

Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila arrives for a southern and central African leaders' meeting to discuss the political crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Luanda, Angola, October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe

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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