President Joseph Kabila has vowed to defend the Congolese government from violent overthrow in his defiant stance against stepping down.
Kabila addressed lawmakers on the issue as his term draws to an end on 19 December 2016.
Southern African Editor of Africa report, Crystal Orderson, spoke to 702's John Robbie regarding recent developments around the issue.
She said that Kabila's statement might set the scene for possible bloodshed between the outgoing leader and opposition parties.
Main opposition party leader (Union for Democracy and Social Progess), Etienne Tshisekedi, has vowed to protest against Kabila's decision should he not hang up his gloves.
This is a message to main opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi, who's vowed to take to take to the streets.— Crystal Orderson, Southern Africa Editor of Africa Report
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