Opponents staged protests that were bloodily repressed, triggering angry condemnations from the United States and the European Union.
KINSHASA, Congo - Congo's president is not running again in December's long-delayed elections, easing concerns by the opposition and worldwide community that he would try to stay in office and positioning one of Africa's most turbulent nations for what could be its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power.
He has been in power since days after his father, Laurent-Désiré, was assassinated while president in 2001.
Kabila's tenure over the vast mineral-rich country has been marked by a reputation for corruption, inequality and unrest. The watchdog Transparency International ranked it 156 out of 176 countries in its 2016 corruption index.
Several provinces are in the grip of armed conflict and according to the UN High commissioner for refugees, more than four million people have had to flee their homes, many to Uganda, Tanzania, Angola and Zambia.
The United States is ready to impose further sanctions to dissuade Kabila from continuing his hold on power, the Financial Times reported Monday. "They're trying to squeeze his family and his finances".
Drake performance at Sprint Center rescheduled for Sunday
The venue said all tickets would still be honored for whatever the new date ends up being; it was not immediately announced. And today, the day of the already postponed kickoff, the tour has once again been postponed - although not for long.
A surprise candidate is former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba, fresh from acquittal of war crimes on appeal at the International Criminal Court; he had been convicted for murder, rape and pillaging committed by his Movement for the Liberation of Congo forces in neighboring Central African Republic in 2002 and 2003.
Felix Tshisekedi, who leads the largest opposition party, is also among the front-runners.
Mende said that Ramazani was on his way to the electoral commission headquarters in the capital Kinshasa to file his candidacy.
Kin-Kiey - a vocal Kabila supporter - is running as an independent, local media said.
He told AFP he was running "in the name of my party", called the Action Party.
He chose former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the ruling party's permanent secretary, as the candidate for the newly formed Common Front for Congo coalition.
Liverpool complete deal for striker hours after deadline
Honestly, if you could bottle character and spirit, his would sell worldwide - he is so incredibly positive and full of energy. The source added that the fee will include £18m guaranteed with a further £2m in add-ons based on appearances.
The fate of opposition leader Moise Katumbi who was barred from entering the country last week to lodge his candidacy has been a key issue ahead of the deadline.
You're less selfish - and I actually enjoy changing diapers. "I love you my little angel", she captioned the first photo. Her fans flooded her comments section with birthday wishes and praised both her looks.
Samsung said it will also bolster its mainstay chip business, which is already the major source of profit for the company. For biopharmaceuticals, Samsung has seen strong growth from both its contract manufacturing and biosimilar businesses.
When asked if he was happy for City to be favourites, he said: "Since nine years I live with that situation, it's no problem". However, a move did not materialise and Mourinho must now work with the same central defensive setup as he did last season.
Dennis was important to her, and her daughter. " I've been with someone on and off for years ", she told Harvey. Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel's on-off boyfriend has been found dead .
Ultimately, it will find itself within the outermost part of the Sun's atmosphere, an area known as the corona. The mission Sun's outer atmosphere, or corona, the closest any man-made instrument has ever got to a star.
Enemies have also been redesigned and classic foes from the original DOOM II have also made their way into DOOM Eternal . Of course, the footage was packed with a variety of terrifying new demon types, including a teased boss encounter.
The Note 9 is also a big phone - so if you're a fan of smaller screens then you'll probably want to stick with the iPhone. The Galaxy Note 9 has better cameras, more powerful processor options, and more available storage than the Note 8 .
Everton's season-long loan deal for Portugal's Gomes will see them pay 2.25 million euros (RM10.6 million) and the player's wages. Bernard , 25, left Shakhtar Donetsk when his contract expired and had been linked to a host of European clubs.
Ullrich, the only German cyclist to ever win the Tour de France, is in police custody following the arrest early Friday morning. Police said he argued with an "escort lady" and "physically attacked and injured her".
He continued, "And what it represented to me is not about policies - because I'm not a politician like that". Kim Kardashian has revealed that her daughter North West has already asked about why their family is famous.
Mookie Betts hits for the cycle against Blue Jays
He became the 21 player in Red Sox history to hit for the cycle, and just the third to accomplish the feat as a leadoff hitter. Smoak's hit extended his hitting streak to a season team-high 13 games. "The last few weeks have just felt pretty good".
Mom tests positive for opiates from poppy seed bagel
She was reported to the state and her newborn daughter was kept at the hospital for five days which she was monitored . Lewis Nelson, chairman of emergency medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, who was not involved with the case.
House of Fraser bought by Sports Direct
In administration, Ashley will be able to choose which parts of House of Fraser he wants and those parts he does not. Reading's House of Fraser store could have been saved after the company was bought out by Sports Direct .
Overwatch Summer Games 2018 Begin
This year, Blizzard has been teasing new skins every day in the run-up to the Summer Games release date. And below are the Twitter embeds where fans can get a look at what each new skin will look like.