Joseph Kabila

(b. 1971)

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(b. 4 June 1971).

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, 2001–Born at Hewa Bora II, the oldest son of Laurent Kabila was educated in Tanzania and at Beijing University. He returned to Congo with his father in 1997, becoming head of the military in 2000. Upon his father's murder, he assumed the presidency. Committed to bringing stability to his country, he negotiated a cease‐fire to end one of Africa's bloodiest civil wars in 2002. He was confirmed in elections in 2006 that were monitored by international observers, and regarded to be remarkably fair. Nevertheless, Kabila struggled to appease his major opponent, Jean‐Pierre Bemba, and to assert his government's authority in the eastern part of Congo.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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