December 20, 2016 / 6:31 AM / 3 years ago

Congo opposition leader Tshisekedi calls for peaceful resistance against Kabila

Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi addresses a political rally in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa, July 31, 2016. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi called on the Congolese people to peacefully resist President Joseph Kabila after Kabila stayed in power on Tuesday despite the expiration of his constitutional mandate.

“I launch a solemn appeal to the Congolese people to not recognize the illegal and illegitimate authority of Joseph Kabila and to peacefully resist (his) coup d’etat,” Tshisekedi said in a video posted on YouTube.

Reporting By Aaron Ross; Editing by Paul Tait

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