For the past several years, political debate in the Democratic Republic of Congo has revolved around a simple phrase: “Kabila must go.” Opposition politicians, security analysts, human rights campaigners and rebels all embraced this position, contending that the country would not accept any extension of President Joseph Kabila’s rule, which began in 2001, despite his continued attempts to subvert the constitution.The path toward the end of Kabila’s time as president became somewhat clearer.Congo’s election commission announced, to much surprise, that Felix Tshisekedi had won the long-delayed presidential election held on Dec. 30, defeating not just other, stronger opposition candidates but also the ruling party’s hand-picked successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary. Yet this outcome does not mean Congo will automatically turn the page on the instability triggered by Kabila’s earlier refusal to respect the terms of his mandate, which officially ended in 2016. Instead, the country’s political crisis may simply be entering a new phase. Congo is now awash in speculation over whether some kind of deal has been struck between Tshisekedi and Kabila.