Congo – Zaire (spelled Congo – Zaïre in French) was the name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It began to use the name Zaire in 1971, and it stopped in 1997. It was named Zaire for most of the time when Mobutu Sese Seko was dictator of the country. The kind of money of Zaire was also called the zaire.
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Swahili is the lingua franca in Eastern Congo.