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List of heads of state of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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This article lists the heads of state of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) since the country's independence in 1960.

The current head of state is President Félix Tshisekedi, since 24 January 2019.

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Heads of state of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1960–present)Edit

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Republic of the Congo (1960–1964)Edit

No. Name Lifespan Elected Took office Left office Political party
Presidents
1 Joseph Kasa-Vubu   1910–1969 1 July 1960 1 August 1964 ABAKO
Antoine Gizenga
(disputed)[a]
  1925–2019 31 March 1961 5 August 1961 Parti Solidaire Africain
(Gizenga faction)

Democratic Republic of the Congo (1964–1971)Edit

Presidents
(1) Joseph Kasa-Vubu   1910–1969 1 August 1964 24 November 1965[b] ABAKO
2 Joseph-Désiré Mobutu   1930–1997 1970 24 November 1965 27 October 1971 Military /
Popular Movement of the Revolution

Republic of Zaire (1971–1997)Edit

President
(2) Mobutu Sese Seko[c]   1930–1997 1977
1984
27 October 1971 16 May 1997[d] Popular Movement of the Revolution

Democratic Republic of the Congo (1997–present)Edit

Presidents
3 Laurent-Désiré Kabila   1939–2001 17 May 1997 16 January 2001
(assassinated)
Independent
4 Joseph Kabila   1971– 2006
2011
26 January 2001
Acting since 17 January 2001
24 January 2019 Independent /
People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy
5 Félix Tshisekedi   1963– 2018 24 January 2019 Incumbent Union for Democracy and Social Progress

TimelineEdit

Félix TshisekediJoseph KabilaLaurent-Désiré KabilaMobutu Sese SekoAntoine GizengaJoseph Kasa-Vubu 

Rank by time in officeEdit

Rank President Time in office
1 Mobutu Sese Seko 31 years, 173 days
2 Joseph Kabila 18 years, 7 days
3 Joseph Kasa-Vubu 5 years, 146 days
4 Laurent-Désiré Kabila 3 years, 245 days
5 Félix Tshisekedi 117 days

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Rebel government at Stanleyville, during the Congo Crisis.
  2. ^ Deposed in the 1965 coup d'état.
  3. ^ Previously named Joseph-Désiré Mobutu; changed name on 10 January 1972 due to the policy of Zairianisation.
  4. ^ Deposed in the First Congo War.

See alsoEdit

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