Businesses shut in Kinshasa due to anti-government demonstrations

Businesses have shut down in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, after the country’s opposition told people to stay at home to protest against the government.

Congolese police were deployed heavily across the capital.

President Kabila’s failure to step down when his two-term mandate expired in December has further destabilised the central African nation.

Catholic bishops helped negotiate a deal in December that required Kabila to step down following elections before the end of 2017 but withdrew from their mediation role last week after implementation stalled.

The decision prompted sporadic unrest in Kinshasa last week. The country’s largest opposition party, the UDPS, has called for a nationwide protest on April 10th.

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