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By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Personal ambition and dissent within Democratic Republic of Congo's largest opposition party could offer President Joseph Kabila a chance to hang onto power when his term ends, threatening the nation's first peaceful transition. Splits within the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), the oldest and traditionally most vociferous opposition party, are marking a turbulent run up to elections due in 2016, when Kabila is meant to step aside after two elected terms. Following decades of conflict and misrule, Congo is trying to stamp out remaining pockets of rebellion and build on relative stability that has helped it to lure investors and rival Zambia as Africa's top copper producer.
"The rise in the dollar against the yen has been steep but sentiment favors testing new highs rather than consolidating," said Kyosuke Suzuki, director of forex at Societe Generale in Tokyo. Market participants awaited Friday's U.S. nonfarm payrolls report for a further gauge of the strength of employment conditions.