Congo in Crisis

Opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo are warning that the country faces civil war if the current president, Joseph Kabila, refuses to step down at the end of his term of office. That term was due to end this month but elections will not now be held until April 2018, and his opponents have accused him of trying to cling on to power. The DRC is not only a key source of minerals required in modern technology, it also has the largest UN peacekeeping mission in the world. As tensions rise, can the negotiations overseen by the DRC’s Catholic bishops find a compromise? On this week’s Newshour Extra, Congo Research Group (CRG) Director Jason Stears joins Owen Bennett Jones and his expert guests to discuss the future of the DRC, and whether further violence can be prevented.

Listen to the full December 9 interview as recorded by BBC Newshour Extra here.


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Dec 09, 2016
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa