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Deadly DR Congo Clashes Over Joseph Kabila’s Future

The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, right, welcomes the US secretary of state, John Kerry, to Kinshasa. (Saul Loeb/AP Photo)
The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, right, welcomes the US secretary of state, John Kerry, to Kinshasa. (Saul Loeb/AP Photo)

(BBC) – At least four people have been killed in protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo calling for President Joseph Kabila to step down next year.

The protests continued on Tuesday in the capital, Kinshasa, and internet connections were blocked following Monday’s clashes between opposition supporters and security forces.

Demonstrators say government plans for a census are a ploy to delay elections.

Mr Kabila is constitutionally barred from running for a third term.

The government admits next year’s elections could be delayed, but says the census is vital to ensure free and fair elections.

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