Rebel chief Laurent Kabila declares himself President of Zaire; renames country

June 1997
Jet;06/02/97, Vol. 92 Issue 2, p18
Reports that rebel leader Laurent Desire Kabila has succeeded in ousting President Mobutu Sese Seko and has declared himself President of Zaire in May 1997. Kabila's renaming of Zaire as the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Kabila's suspension of the Zairian Constitution; Kabila's comments.


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