Senate drops clause requiring census before Congo presidential vote

January 23, 2015 10:21 AM

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KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo's Senate on Friday dropped a clause requiring a national census before 2016 presidential elections, following days of violent protests against the reform which opposition leaders said was aimed at extending President Joseph Kabila's term.

The Senate approved a modified version of Article 8 of the law saying that updating of the electoral list must be done in respect of the constitutional deadline for presidential and legislative elections.

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