Turmoil in DRC as Joseph Kabira fails to organise presidential elections.

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The Democratic Republic of Congo has not seen a peaceful transition of power since 1960; 2016 was supposed to be different.
But unfortunately, the situation in the DRC continues to deteriorate as talks between the ruling party and the opposition broke down over Pres. Kabila’s exit from power. His final legal day in office is tomorrow, December 19, after which he will no longer be the lawful president of the country. How the population reacts and how he responds is to be seen.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has not seen a peaceful transition of power since 1960; 2016 was supposed to be different.

But unfortunately, the situation in the DRC continues to deteriorate as talks between the ruling party and the opposition broke down over Pres. Kabila’s exit from power. His final legal day in office is tomorrow, December 19, after which he will no longer be the lawful president of the country. How the population reacts and how he responds is to be seen.

Recent troves of documents shared with The New York Times — whose authenticity has been verified by current and former Congolese officials — reveal a string of suspicious bank transfers totaling $95.7 million, dubious mining rights sales that have generated millions more and possible money-laundering schemes involving a bank executive widely described as Mr. Kabila’s adopted brother.

But several people who know the president well said Mr. Kabila was increasingly isolated, moody and antisocial. They said he had been keeping irregular hours, becoming irritable with his staff members and staying up late to play Sony PlayStation 4 or race his fancy motorcycles up and down the dark boulevards of Kinshasa to blow off steam.

The Kabila government is shutting down social media in the country tonight. This to quell communication among citizens who may be planning to organize protests against Mr. Kabila and his government.

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