Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga was a Congolese politician and military officer who was the President of Zaire from 1965 to 1997. He also served as Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity from 1967 to 1968. During the Congo Crisis, Mobutu, serving as Chief of Staff of the Army and supported by Belgium and the United States, deposed the democratically elected government of nationalist Patrice Lumumba in 1960. Mobutu installed a government that arranged for Lumumba’s execution in 1961, and continued to lead the country’s armed forces until he took power directly in a second coup in 1965 to become the country’s military dictator. To consolidate his power, he established the Popular Movement of the Revolution as the sole legal political party in 1967, changed the Congo’s name to Zaire in 1971, and his own name to Mobutu Sese Seko in 1972.
|Born:||Joseph-Desiré Mobutu, October 14, 1930, Lisala, Belgian Congo|
|Died:||September 7, 1997, Rabat, Morocco|
|Political party:||Popular Movement of the Revolution|
|Preceded by:||Joseph Kasa-Vubu|
|Succeeded by:||Laurent-Désiré Kabila|
About Mobutu Sese Seko
President of the Republic of Congo from 1965 to 1997 who was installed by the US. While in power he established a single-party state in which all power was in his hands.
He learned to speak French fluently when he was young, joined the Army, and later worked as a journalist.
He renamed the Republic of Congo to Zaire in 1971 and in 1997 rebel forces led by Laurent Kabila expelled him from the country.
He was married twice, and had fourteen children between the two marriages.
While in office, he made friends with many U.S. Presidents including Richard Nixon.
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