UN urges DR Congo leader to keep promise to step down
Monday January 1 2018
DR Congo President Joseph Kabila. He succeeded his assassinated father Laurent Kabila in 2001 and refused to step down at the end of his second and final term in December 2016. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Eight people were killed on Sunday and dozens arrested as Congolese security forces cracked down on protesters who defied a government ban to demonstrate in Kinshasa and other cities.
Elections had been due to take place by the end of this year under a church-mediated deal but were further delayed, and the poll is now scheduled for December 23, 2018.
Kabila, in power since 2001, signed a deal with opposition groups a year ago agreeing to step town once his current term ends and new elections are held.