He can still save face and a change of heart could see him become the first Congolese president to relinquish power.
DR Congo is the world’s largest source of cobalt and Africa’s biggest miner of copper and tin.
Kinshasa : De « Kin la belle » à une mégalopole chaotique de 12 millions d’âmes en perpétuelle croissance
390,000 personnes s’installent à Kinshasa chaque année pour fuir les guerres, la pauvreté mais également pour faire des études ou poursuivre leur rêve
Shame: UN peacekeepers from 21 nations, most in Africa, accused of sexual abuse in much-awaited report
For the first time nationalities of troops facing anuse allegations have been named--DR Congo, S.Africa and Morocco top disturbing list.
It was invented by girls fed up with seeing the boys have all the sporting fun.
Kabila has, since March, come under pressure and might be looking to shift the story around his presidency.
Their aim was to make the heart of Africa a bulwark against neocolonialism and "Yankee imperialism".