Emblem of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Arms of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coat of arms of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg
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Armiger Democratic Republic of the Congo
Adopted 2006
Escutcheon A leopard head, surrounded by an elephant tusk to the left and a spear to the right
Motto Justice, Paix, Travail
"Justice, Peace, Work"

The arms of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has changed several times since 1997. The current one was introduced in 2006 and depicts a leopard head, surrounded by an elephant tusk to the left and a spear to the right. Below are the three words which make up the national motto: Justice, Paix, Travail (Justice, Peace, Work in French). It was adopted on February 18, 2006 by President Joseph Kabila.

The arms are described in detail in Section 1, Article 1 of the 2005 constitution.[1]

The old emblem, which was introduced in 2003, depicted three interlocked hands surrounded by a garland of corn. At the top is a lion head and at the bottom the motto Démocratie, Justice, Unité (Democracy, Justice, Unity in French).

The coat of arms of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1999 consists of a light blue shield. In the middle is a yellow star, above which there are six smaller stars. This coat of arms was introduced along with the flag.

An even older arms from 1971 to 1997, when the nation was known as Zaire, depicted a leopard head, below it a pair of crossed spears, around it a branch and an elephant tusk. The words Paix, Justice, Travail are written on a white band under the spears. This device was officially introduced on August 1, 1964.

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This article incorporates information from the revision as of June 9, 2006 of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.