Fears of instability as hopes fade for DR Congo talks

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From Deutche Welle:

“Negotiations aimed at ending the political stalemate in the DR Congo were set to resume on Tuesday. The talks between officials loyal to President Joseph Kabila and the anti-Kabila coalition known as Gathering (Rassemblement), which backs veteran politician Etienne Tshisekedi, were launched last week by DR Congo’s Catholic Church, which is also acting as a mediator.

It seems unlikely that Kabila will bow to the opposition’s main demand that he leave office when his mandate expires on December 19.

“He is preparing for a violent confrontation with the opposition in Kinshasa. The security services in Kinshasa have been on the alert for several weeks and security in the capital has been reinforced. It is pretty clear that President Kabila does not intend to leave and wants to remain in power even by force,”   Thierry Vircoulon, a researcher at the Paris-based French Institute for International Affairs, told DW.”

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