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UN concerned by DR Congo tensions in run-up to vote

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The United Nations' envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo warned Wednesday that Kinshasa was clamping down on the opposition ahead of next year's elections and urged authorities to hold credible polls.

"The political space is shrinking for opponents," Martin Kobler told journalists following a meeting of the UN Security Council on the DR Congo.

"It's important to have a credible, balanced electoral process," he said.

In power since 2001, President Joseph Kabila is barred under the constitution from seeking a third term in elections expected in November of next year. Click here to read the full report.

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