President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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President of the
Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Incumbent
Joseph Kabila

since 17 January 2001 - 18 January 2019
ResidencePalais de la Nation, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Term length5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holderJoseph Kasavubu
Formation1 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.

The constitutional mandate of the current president, Joseph Kabila, was due to expire on 20 December 2016 but was extended by him until the end of 2017.[1]

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]

  1. "20 dead in Congo unrest as Kabila clings on to power". IOL. South Africa. Retrieved 3 March 2017.