U.S. envoy urges Congo to set date for presidential election

February 9, 2015 7:39 PM

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U.S. envoy urges Congo to set date for presidential election

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo should promptly set a date for a presidential election in 2016, a senior U.S. envoy said on Monday, increasing international pressure on President Joseph Kabila to step down at the polls next year.

Last month, street protests killed 42 people and forced lawmakers to drop an electoral reform bill the opposition said was aimed at keeping Kabila in power.

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