Joseph Kabila

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Joseph Kabila
Kabila visiting the Pentagon in November 2003.
President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
In office
17 January 2001 – 25 January 2019
Prime MinisterAntoine Gizenga
Adolphe Muzito
Louis Alphonse Koyagialo (Acting)
Augustin Matata Ponyo
Bruno Tshibala
Preceded byLaurent-Désiré Kabila
Succeeded byFélix Tshisekedi
Personal details
Joseph Kabila Kabange

(1971-06-04) 4 June 1971 (age 52)
Fizi, Congo-Léopoldville
Political partyPeople's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy
Spouse(s)Olive Lembe di Sita
Alma materMakerere University
People's Liberation Army National Defense University

Joseph Kabila Kabange (commonly known as Joseph Kabila, born June 4, 1971) is a Congolese politician. He became President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in January 2001. He took office ten days after the assassination of his father, President Laurent-Désiré Kabila. He was elected as President in 2006. In 2011, he was re-elected for a second term.[1]

Forbes writer Richard Miniter documented the wealth of Joseph Kabila, estimated at 2 billion US Dollars in offshore banks in the British Virgin Islands, accumulated in just over 13 years of being in power.[2]

After widespread speculation surrounding his continued stay in office, it was feared Kabila would seek re-election for a third term in the 2018 election. But he announced in August 2018, that he will not stand.[3][4]

In October 2021, Joseph Kabila defended his graduation thesis at the University of Johannesburg. A master's degree in political science and international relations was awarded to him at the end of his studies which lasted five years.

References[change | change source]

  1. "CIA World Leaders, Democratic Republic of the Congo". Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  2. Richard Miniter: Obama’s Secret Neo-Con Agenda, Forbes, July 1, 2014
  3. | DR Congo's Kabila will not stand for re-election: spokesman
  4. | Congo's Kabila will not stand for election in December | Article [AMP] | Reuters

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