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Prominent political prisoners freed in DRC

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, 700 prisoners have been freed by the new president Félix Tshisekedi.

Among their number are three prominent political prisoners - Franck Diongo, Diomi Ndongala and Firmin Yangambi - who were arrested on various charges, including insurrection, under the former president, Joseph Kabila.

They were supposed to be released in 2015 as part of a deal struck after negotiations led by catholic church bishops preparing delayed elections. Chief of Staff to the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Vital Kamerhe, broke the news to the nation.

And watching it all unfold was the BBC's Gaius Kowene...

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