Inside Story

Can another civil war be avoided in DR Congo?

Political crisis looms in Democratic Republic of Congo as President Kabila clings to power despite his term ending.

The second and final term of President Joseph Kabila expired on Monday night.

His critics say he’s flirting with disaster if he attempts to hold onto power indefinitely.

Armed police have set up checkpoints around the capital, Kinshasa.

Soldiers are in position across the sprawling capital of 12 million people.

Opposition politicians speak of a “trial of strength on the streets” in coming days.

Is that a recipe for renewed turmoil?

Presenter: Martine Dennis


Kikaya Bin Karubi: Adviser to President Joseph Kabila

Ida Sawyer: Human Rights Watch