West urges Congo to suspend new election law after deadly protests

January 22, 2015 10:54 AM

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West urges Congo to suspend new election law after deadly protests

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Western powers have urged Democratic Republic of Congo to withdraw or re-draft divisive changes to electoral law due to be voted through on Thursday, after three days of deadly protests over the legislation, diplomatic sources said.

Opposition activists took to the streets saying the planned changes were a government ploy to delay national elections and keep President Joseph Kabila in power.

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