It is looking more and more unlikely that the government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its opposition will come to an agreement before Christmas on transferring power, AFP reported Dec. 24. President Joseph Kabila's term ended Dec. 19, but he refused to step down, instead sticking to a plan to hold elections in 2018. The refusal was met with mass protest, which has turned violent as demonstrators clash with police. The unrest is worrisome, given there has not been a peaceful transfer of power in the country since it gained independence in the 1960s. Since the 1990s, the country has collapsed into two bloody conflicts that together claimed the lives of more than 3 million people.