August 8, 2018 / 1:01 PM / 4 months ago

Congo's Kabila to step down ahead of presidential election

KINSHASA, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila will not stand in December’s presidential election, a spokesman said on Wednesday, announcing that former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary would be the ruling coalition’s candidate.

The announcement by spokesman Lambert Mende at a news conference puts an end to years of speculation about whether Kabila would defy term limits to run for a third term. (Reporting by Amedee Mwarabu; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Alison Williams)

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