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Democratic Republic Of The Congo



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  • 1. Democratic Republic of the Congo Jose Maldonado
  • 2. King Leopold II
    • Henry Stanley explores the Congo
    • King Leopold II of Belgium forms Association Internationale Africaine
    • The Congo Free State becomes Leopold’s private land
    • Forced African labor used to get rubber and ivory
    • Millions Die
  • 3. Independence
    • The inhumane acts of Leopold forces Belgium parliament to take over in 1908
    • Belgian authority still plays a paternal role for Congolese and the oppression continues
    • Finally after a series of riots and unrest the DRC gains independence on June 30, 1960
  • 4. Republic of the Congo
    • 11 provinces
    • Central government
    • Joseph Kasavubu elected President
    • Patrice Lumumba elected Prime Minister
    • The army mutinied and 2 provinces seceded
    • Lumumba murdered
    • Government not strong enough and instability escalates
  • 5. Zaire
    • Mobutu is President
    • Mobutu forms a one party system
    • 32 year reign
    • Corruption
    • Bank account has the same amount that is owed on the country’s deficit
    • Human’s rights violations and oppression
  • 6. Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • 1992 the Sovereign National Conference
    • Civil War is imminent
    • Mobutu unites both parties and schedules elections for 1994
    • Elections never take place
  • 7. Laurent Kabila
    • Ousts Mobutu in 1997
    • No clear plan
    • Fighting continues
    • Refugees from Genocide
    • 3.3 million dead
    • 2002 Kabila assassinated
  • 8. New Constitution
    • Kabila jr. becomes President
    • 2005 new transitional government
    • July 30, 2006 first free elections in 40yrs.
    • Fighting continues
    • On the road to stability and Democracy