With just a week before the Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila's mandate expires, the country's powerful Catholic Church has stepped in to try and mediate a workable solution. Kabila is required by constitutional term limits to step down, when his second mandate ends on December 19. His ruling coalition and some opposition members have agreed to delay the next vote until April 2018, citing lack of preparation. But the main opposition bloc rejects the accord.
- Democratic Republic of Congo