Election materials arrive at Kinshasa depot

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(28 Dec 2018) Election officials were readying materials for polling stations in Kinshasa on Friday, as the Democratic Republic of Congo prepared for Sunday’s presidential election.
But the electoral commission, citing Ebola outbreaks, said voting in the cities of Beni and Butembo has been delayed until March, sparking a second day of protests in Beni.
This latest delay in an election meant to occur in late 2016 has angered both residents and the opposition, which accuses the government of trying to ensure that President Joseph Kabila’s preferred successor is elected.
Many Congolese believe Kabila will continue to wield power behind the scenes and protect his assets in a country with vast mineral wealth.

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