Kinshasa – Democratic Republic of Congo’s main opposition party said on Monday it would join a march backed by the country’s powerful Catholic Church on February 25 to demand President Joseph Kabila’s resignation.
In a statement, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) said a party congress scheduled for February 26-27 “is being postponed to support the march on February 25.”
“All activists are urged to respond massively,” it said.
Kabila, 46, took over from his assassinated father in 2001.
His regime, widely criticised for corruption, repression and incompetence, faces mounting protests over his refusal to leave office after his term expired in December 2016.
The church brokered an accord under which Kabila could remain in power provided new elections were held in 2017 – a deal that fell through after the electoral authorities said it needed more time to compile a voters’ register.