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Democratic Republic Congo's President Joseph Kabila attends the signing ceremony of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes, at the African Union Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo


KINSHASA (Reuters) - The constitutional court in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Monday it approved a petition by the electoral commission to delay a presidential election set for November, allowing President Joseph Kabila to remain in office for now.

Kabila was due to step down in December after the vote, when his two-term mandate expires.

His opponents say they fear he intends to first prolong his term in office and then change the constitution to enable himself to run again.

(Reporting by Kenny Katombe; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Hugh Lawson)


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