DR Congo sets date for long-awaited presidential election

DR Congo sets date for long-awaited presidential election”

Democratic Republic of Congo (Xinhua) - The next presidential election for the Democratic Republic of Congo will take place on December 23, 2018, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) announced on Sunday.

"Direct voting" will take place on December 23, 2018, covering presidential, legislative, regional and local elections, he said.

The newly elected president will be sworn in on January 13, 2019, the CENI chief said.

The opposition said the new timeframe was not acceptable, insisting that Kabila, whose second and final term ended in December 2016, must quit by the end of this year.

During a visit to the central African country last week, US ambassador to the U.N. Niki Haley called for free and fair elections by 2018, saying that Kinshasa would not receive global help with the vote if there were any further delays.

A pro-democracy group in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday urged citizens to stop paying taxes and utility bills in a "civil disobedience" campaign, after authorities announced President Joseph Kabila will remain in power until 2019.

Kabila was first propelled into office after his father, Laurent-Desire Kabila, was assassinated in January 2001.

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