Congolese PM Augustin Matata Ponyo resigns

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Congolese Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo resigned Monday to make way for an opposition figure to take his place following talks aimed at averting a political crisis.

"I have offered my resignation as well as those of the members of my government… to respond to the spirit and the letter of the accord," said Matata as he left a meeting with President Joseph Kabila, referring to the deal struck after a political dialogue boycotted by the main opposition parties.

The decision to delay the vote was taken in October by the government and fringe opposition groups following a "national dialogue" — boycotted as a sham by much of the opposition — aimed at calming soaring political tensions.

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