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DR Congo’s President, Joseph Kabila holds first press conference in 5 years after protesters demand new presidential election

Joseph Kabila, the embattled president of Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), has given his first press conference in at least five years, after protesters took to the streets to demand he step aside to allow for a presidential election.

Congolese news portal Actualité said ahead of the event: “Joseph Kabila will respond to journalist questions on the current prevailing political situation in the country, notably the effective implementation of the Saint Sylvestre agreement, elections, but also the protests called by the Catholic Church.”