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The Democratic Republic of Congo security authorities have today arrested eight activists that were protesting against the postponement of the presidential elections.

The Central African country has been rocked by protests following a ruling that postponed the presidential elections to April 2018.

The electoral authority said it would be impossible to hold the elections in November as scheduled due to logistical issues.

The opposition has however accused President Joseph Kabila of plotting to remain in power longer by delaying the poll.

Joseph Kabila has ruled DR Congo since 2001, and is prohibited by the constitution from running for another term after the expiry of this mandate in December.

The eight members of youth activist group Struggle for Change (Lucha) were arrested in the eastern city of Goma as they prepared to hold a sit-in near the headquarters of the U.N. peacekeeping mission

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