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January 16, 2011

The amendments were approved during a joint session of the upper and the lower houses of parliament. Out of 504 voters, 485 voted for the amendments, 8 voted against and 11 abstained. As had been the case when the amendments were considered in the National Assembly and the Senate, opposition MPs and Senators boycotted the vote.

January 14, 2011

The Senate voted on Thursday on a bill that will amend the Constitution to limit presidential elections to just one round of voting and increase presidential powers. Of 81 senators present for the vote, 71 voted to proceed with the bill, with 1 voting against and 9 abstaining. Opposition boycotted the vote.

January 12, 2011

Opposition MPs walked out in protest on Tuesday before a vote on a controversial bill that, if approved, will amend the Constitution to limit presidential elections to just one round of voting and increase presidential powers.

January 10, 2011

The leaders of the main opposition parties met in Kinshasa on Sunday and vowed to put up a united front against a government proposal to limit presidential elections to just one round of voting.