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Congo: Proposed change to election law sparks opposition outcry

An opposition leader in Congo has called for demonstrations after lawmakers passed a measure requiring a census before presidential elections scheduled for 2016 — a move critics say is designed to prolong the president's time in office.

The revision to the electoral law was approved late Saturday in a vote that many opposition lawmakers boycotted.

Vital Kamhere, president of the opposition Union for the Congolese Nation, said he is hoping for a large turnout Monday against the measure, which is to be considered by the Senate. He and other government critics have said logistical challenges for the census mean next year's election would need to be delayed.

Kabila assumed office in 2001. The constitution prevents him from running again. His supporters say the census measure has been needlessly politicized.