Kinshasa - Congo's Senate on Friday dropped a clause requiring a national census before 2016 presidential elections, following days of violent protests against the reform which opposition leaders said was aimed at extending President Joseph Kabila's term.
The Senate approved a modified version of Article 8 of the law saying that updating of the electoral list must be done in respect of the constitutional deadline for presidential and legislative elections.
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The clause, which was approved at the weekend by the lower house of parliament, has sparked opposition-led protests in which at least 42 people were killed in Kinshasa, according to the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).
A mixed commission will now be charged with reconciling the two bodies' bills before a final vote, expected before the close of the current parliamentary session on Monday.