After the September crackdowns the EU, the UN and the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) should have pressed pause on their support.
More than 80% reject changing the Constitution to allow him to stay on and none of his inner circle commands any significant support.
Governing coalition and smaller parties delay elections for 18 months, heightening suspicions that President Kabila will not let go of power.
The announcement is likely to stoke political tensions after at least 50 people died last week in the capital Kinshasa.
The DRC is shellshocked after a peaceful protest turned deadly, yet its president remains invisible.
The unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo started on Monday after its election commission decided to try to postpone the next presidential vote.
At least 64 bodies recovered near Beni town in North Kivu, but local authorities warn death toll could rise.
Kabila takes out a rival: DR Congo political crisis escalates with arrest warrant for presidential hopeful Katumbi
The crackdown on Katumbi mirrors repression by other leaders in the region like in Burundi and Uganda
Ahead of Wednesday burial, DRC president Kabila gives 'rumba king' Papa Wemba posthumous top national honours
Flamboyant Papa Wemba collapsed on stage while performing at a festival in Ivory Coast on April 24. He died before reaching hospital
Country's ruling coalition wins landslide in elections for governors, as president yet to announce, or reject, third term bid...cogs may be moving.
Hammer week: UN judges find Bemba, Karadzic guilty, but three big African war criminals still at large
Uganda rebel chief Kony, Rwanda genocide mastermind Kabugo, and Sudan’s president Bashir continue to elude international justice
Rivals says the crowded election programme will be used to postpone November’s presidential vote and allow Kabila to remain in power
UPDATE: New Congo timetable extends Kabila's time in office as UN flags 'dramatic rise' in rights abuses
Investors on edge as a chart prepared by the elections commission shows it would be impossible to hold a presidential ballot this year.
On visit to Rwanda, US minister repeats criticism of Kagame’s bid to extend rule – and an opposing view
“Few things are more important to an enterprise’s long-term viability than transition planning”
Sources close to Etienne Tshisekedi's family say making the video was a difficult process and took almost four days.
“...they forced us to have abortions...kicked our stomachs to kill the foetuses. One wanted to cut my stomach open to check the foetus was dead"
With increasing revisions to economic growth, a tough 2016 could still be in the offing, testing continent's famed resilience.
The two presidential terms in Africa go back to the late 1990s; a lesson drawn from the results of autocratic regimes and presidency for life.
UPDATE: US faults Rwandan move to allow Kagame third term; door open for him to be president until 2034
"We expect Kagame to follow through on the commitments he has made previously to foster a new generation of leaders in Rwanda".