West losing influence in Congo at political crossroads

April 2, 2015 1:16 PM

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KINSHASA (Reuters) - The expiry of Congolese President Joseph Kabila's second mandate next year, a crucial test of governance, risks exposing the limitations of Western donors trying to promote democracy and transparency in return for the billions they have spent on aid.

At issue is Kabila's future; opposition activists as well as Washington and other Western countries fear he is seeking ways to extend his tenure beyond a constitutional limit, in the manner of many African leaders before him.

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