DR Congo Senate backs down on electoral bill behind violence

The Democratic Republic of Congo`s Senate on Friday backed down on an electoral bill that triggered deadly protests in Kinshasa, with foes of President Joseph Kabila fearing it would prolong his term in office.

Kinshasa: The Democratic Republic of Congo`s Senate on Friday backed down on an electoral bill that triggered deadly protests in Kinshasa, with foes of President Joseph Kabila fearing it would prolong his term in office.

The 80 senators present in parliament unanimously passed an amendment to the most contested part of the planned legislation, already passed by the lower house, that would have delayed elections in 2016 by ordering a census first. After the Senate vote, a joint commission of both houses met to find a consensus on the bill.

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