‘Can DR Congo avert a transition crisis?’

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been on the brink of violence over the past two weeks.

President Joseph Kabila’s two-term and final mandate ended in mid-December, but he had announced he would stay in office and postponed elections. That led to violent confrontations between security forces and anti-government protesters and at least 40 people were killed in the unrest.

But after weeks of tense talks with the opposition, Kabila has agreed to step down by the end of 2017, under a last-minute deal.

If this deal, which is being backed by the country’s influential Catholic church, holds, it will be the first peaceful transfer of power since DRC’s independence in 1960.

So will a further crisis be averted in Democratic Republic of Congo?

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