President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
|President of the|
Democratic Republic of the Congo
|Residence||Palais de la Nation, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Term length||5 years, renewable once|
|Inaugural holder||Joseph Kasavubu|
|Formation||1 July 1960|
The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (French: Président de la République démocratique du Congo, Swahili: Rais wa Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo, Lingala: Mokonzi wa Republíki ya Kongó Demokratíki), is the head of state of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
Article 72 of the Congolese constitution states that the President must be a natural-born citizen – or more accurately: French: citoyen d'origine – of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and at least 30 years of age. Additionally, the President must be free of any legal constraints on their civil and political rights.
References[change | change source]
- "20 dead in Congo unrest as Kabila clings on to power". IOL. South Africa. Retrieved 3 March 2017.