Kabila, Opposition To Hold First Talks Following Landmark Deal

Opposing sides in DRC are to hold their first talks on implementing a landmark deal on the the country's political future. The hard-fought New Year's Eve agreement aims at defusing the current dispute over the future of President Joseph Kabila. According to the constitution, the 45-year-old leader should have left office in December. But he's shown no signs of wanting to step down, and has postponed elections until 2018 -- to an outcry from opposition parties. Under the new deal, Kabila will stay in power until the end of 2017. A Transition Council will be set up, headed by opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi. Presidential elections will then take place at the end of this year.
Democratic Republic of Congo