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DRC calls for general strike - report

17 October 2016, 15:11

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo opposition parties have reportedly called for a general strike in protest of government's decision to delay next month's election to April 2018. 

According to a report by The Guardian, the opposition claimed that the move was a tactic used by current President Joseph Kabila to hold onto power. 

The demonstrations were scheduled for Wednesday. 

"If the opposition succeeds in gathering large crowds, as they have done before, we need to wait and see what kind of reaction they are going to get from the police and the security agencies," said Al Jazeera's Malcolm Webb.

Scores of civilians died last month during a two-day protest in the state capital of Kinshasa after the vote was delayed due to alleged "logistical problems" attributed to the registration of millions of voters.

A UN report claimed that 49 people were killed during the protests, many of which had been shot by police and security forces.

The DRC government, however, refuted the claims, adding that the violence came from the side of opposition parties.

The government also moved to ban all protests across the country.

The Union for the Congolese Nation, an opposition party, revealed that the stakeholders involved in the resolution agreed to move the election to 2018 in order to ensure that all voters were registered, with delegates at Saturday's meeting expected to ratify the decision on Monday.

- News24


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