Crisis in the DRC

DRC protesters use rocks to block a road near Goma
Protesters took to the streets in May after the DRC Supreme Court ruled President Joseph Kabila could stay on if elections were postponed (source: dpa)
  • President Joseph Kabila has not been able to stabilize the DRC in his 16-year rule
  • Postponement of elections sparked protests and triggered international mediation
  • With control of the army and police, Mr. Kabila is not done and may sabotage the deal

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been one of Africa’s most troubled states since it won independence from Belgium in 1960. Perhaps fittingly, its latest crisis was defused by a last-minute agreement on New Year’s Eve between President Joseph Kabila and the opposition. Will it last?

The current crisis was triggered by President Kabila’s bid to stay in power after his term expired on Dec. 20, 2016. After Mr. Kabila announced his intentions, street protests erupted and were violently repressed by the military and the police, prompting the U.S. and the European Union to impose sanctions on some of Mr. Kabila’s partisans. The U.S. Treasury, prodded by President Barack Obama’s special envoy to the DRC, Thomas Perriello, specifically announced measures against Interior Minister Evariste Boshab and security chief Kalev Mutond.

Not a subscriber yet?

Subscribe now and get the latest in-depth geopolitical analysis and forecasts from GIS’s unrivaled cadre of experts.

Learn more about our subscription plans.

You can also buy this report for €8.99 Buy

Add your comment