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President Joseph Kabila

Reports say Democratic Republic of Congo’s main opposition party says it will join a march backed by the country’s powerful Catholic Church on the 25th of February to demand President Joseph Kabila’s resignation.

In a statement, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress said a party congress scheduled for the 26th and 27th February will be postponed to support the march.

President Kabila (46) took over from his assassinated father in 2001.

His government, 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.