... the Democratic Republic of Congo entered a constitutional crisis.
Short version: the DRC was supposed to hold a presidential election this year. President Joseph Kabila asked the opposition to postpone the election until 2018. (Polls showed he would lose.) Quite reasonably, the opposition said no. But Kabila refused to hold the election. So now, on Monday, his term is up, but there is no sign that he will leave office.
Why does Kabila want to stay? In this case, it is not just power-hunger. (In fact, he shows some signs of wishing that he could leave.) It is that evidence of extreme corruption has piled high around him, but nobody has been able to credibly promise that he will not be prosecuted the second he steps down. He is not a Muslim, so Saudi Arabia is out, and traditional places (like Uruguay) no longer hold themselves above international law.
Kabila owns a shady business empire, but that is not why he is in trouble. He is in trouble for “a string of suspicious bank transfers totaling $95.7 million, dubious mining rights sales that have generated millions more and possible money-laundering schemes involving a bank executive widely described as Mr. Kabila’s adopted brother.”
Reports are that social media has been blocked and barricades are going up. This could end very badly.