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No more election delays, Congo opposition candidate warns

December 21, 2018

Felix Tshisekedi spoke to supporters a day after Congo’s electoral commission announced the latest delay in a vote that was meant to take place in late 2016, moving the election to Dec. 30. The commission blamed a fire last week that destroyed voting materials in the capital, Kinshasa, including thousands of voting machines.

Tshisekedi, who represents one of two main opposition coalitions, calmed supporters who had chanted that they didn’t accept the delay and would go to polling stations on Sunday as once planned.

“If there is a rise in violence, it won’t come from our side,” Tshisekedi later told reporters. He added: “But if there is a new delay, they will have to deal with our supporters.”

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