Congolese soldiers arrest anti-government protester in North Kivu province. Kenny Katombe/Reuters

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President Joseph Kabila was supposed to step down at the end of his term in 2016. By clinging on to power he threw the Democratic Republic of Congo into a vicious cycle of deadly conflict.
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French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to French counter-terrorism forces in northern Mali, in May. EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson

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Some African countries present a facade of democracy. The absence of substantive democracy is contributing to instability on the continent.

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