Governor of Congo mining province loses party post in rift with president

January 6, 2015 9:35 PM

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KINSHASA (Reuters) - Moise Katumbi, the powerful governor of Democratic Republic of Congo's copper-producing Katanga province, has been removed as regional head of the ruling party, political sources said, highlighting a deepening rift with President Joseph Kabila.

Local police and intelligence chiefs have also been summoned to the capital Kinshasa, senior officials said, in an apparent attempt to limit the political fallout following Katumbi's return to Congo after a lengthy absence due to illness.

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