This file picture taken on Jan. 19, 2015 shows president of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila attending a meeting in Kinshasa. AFP PHOTO / TUTONDELE MIANKENDA
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Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has pardoned nine members of a separatist movement as he pursues a policy of national dialogue ahead of elections later this year, according to state television.The nine members of the Bundu Dia Kongo (BDK) group have received "full remission" from what remains of their life terms," according to a statement broadcast overnight Thursday.Kabila, who took power in 2001 and then won elections in 2006 and 2011, called in late November for "an inclusive national dialogue" ahead of elections slated for later this year.
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