He can still save face and a change of heart could see him become the first Congolese president to relinquish power.
The DRC has more internally displaced persons than any other country. That’s due to numerous violent conflicts – fuelled by a political crisis.
The country will only have successful elections if the United Nations maintains its strong presence there, writes Reuben Loffman.
Kinshasa was empty on Monday as the government warned it would break up opposition rallies.
The UN is considering reducing the number of peacekeeping troops (MONUSCO) in the DR Congo at a time when the nation is engulfed in crisis.
Tshisekedi's death and the delay over repatriating his body from Brussels have blocked the implementation of a December 31 accord
There are few obvious opposition leaders to assume Tshisekedi's leadership role.
The agreement reached by Congolese political parties aims to have transitional government in place by March next year
A deal could be a breakthrough for a country that has not seen a peaceful transition of power since independence from Belgian colonial rule in 1960.
Following deadly protests in the country on Tuesday, the Roman Catholic bishops leading peace talks say a deal must be struck 'before Christmas'.
Congo official flags budget worries over already delayed election
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