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Congo opposition near deal for Kabila to step down in 2017

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The opposition in DR Congo has reportedly reached a deal for President Joseph Kabila to step down in 2017.

Reports say the opposition reached the deal last Saturday and under the agreement, elections would be held next year and Kabila, would agree not to change the constitution to run for a third term.

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Roman Catholic bishops who have mediated during weeks of talks were upbeat about reaching a deal in time for a planned signing ceremony on Friday, but Congo’s main opposition bloc warned that several “significant” differences remained.

Dozens of people have been killed during protests this week at the end of Kabila’s mandate who took over power in Africa’s fourth most populous country after his father was assassinated in 2001.

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