CONGO'S PRESIDENT CALLS FOR DIALOGUE AHEAD OF ELECTIONS BUT OPPOSITION HOLDS OUT

Congo's president has called for dialogue with the opposition to reduce tensions in the Central African country, a move the opposition and international community fear will delay elections.
President Joseph Kabila, in power since 2001, began a three-week open discussion with politicians, religious and civic leaders on June 1, but opposition parties are refusing to participate without international mediation.
Some leaders have said they worry talks will lead to the formation of a national unity government that would delay the November 16 elections and keep Kabila in power beyond constitutional limits.



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