List of heads of state of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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President of the
Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Joseph kabila.jpg
Incumbent
Joseph Kabila

since 17 January 2001
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Joseph Kasavubu
Formation 1 July 1960
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This is the list of the Heads of State of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) since independence in 1960. The current head of state is President Joseph Kabila, since 17 January 2001.

Belgian Congo (1879–1960)[edit]

Belgian Monarchs of Congo[edit]

# Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Reign Royal House
1 Leopold ii garter knight.jpg Leopold II
(1835–1909)
17 December 1865 17 December 1909 House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
2 Albert I Koning der Belgen.jpg Albert I
(1875–1934)
17 December 1909 23 February 1934 House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
3 Leopold III van België (1934).jpg Leopold III
(1901–1983)
23 February 1934 20 September 1944[1] House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
/ Karel van België Charles de Belgique Karl von Belgien.jpg Prince Charles
(1903–1983)
20 September 1944[2] 17 July 1951 House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
4 Baudouin of Belgium 1969.jpg Baudouin I
(1930–1993)
17 July 1951 1 July 1960[3] House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Republic of the Congo/Democratic Republic of the Congo (1960–1971)[edit]

Presidents of the Republic[edit]

Political Parties

      ABAKO       Military

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term Took Office Left Office Political Party
1 Joseph Kasa-Vubu in Israel.png Joseph Kasa-Vubu
(1910–1969)
1
(1960)
1 July 1960 1 August 1964 ABAKO
2
(None)
1 August 1964 24 November 1965
2 Mobutu.jpg Joseph-Desiré Mobutu
(1930–1997)
1
(1965
24 November 1965 27 October 1971 Military

Republic of Zaire (1971–1997)[edit]

Presidents of the Republic[edit]

Political Parties

      Popular Movement of the Revolution

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term Took Office Left Office Political Party
(2) Mobutu.jpg Joseph-Desiré Mobutu
(1930–1997)
2
(1970)
27 October 1971 3 December 1977 Popular Movement of the Revolution
3
(1977)
3 December 1977 1 July 1984
4
(1984)
1 July 1984 16 May 1997

Democratic Republic of the Congo (1997–present)[edit]

Presidents of the Republic[edit]

Political Parties

      Independent       People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term Took Office Left Office Political Party
3 Laurent-Désiré Kabila cropped.jpg Laurent-Désiré Kabila
(1939–2001)
1
(None)
16 May 1997 16 January 2001 Independent
4 Joseph kabila.jpg Joseph Kabila
(born in 1971)
1
(None)
16 January 2001 30 July 2006 People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy
2
(2006)
30 July 2006 28 November 2011
3
(2011)
28 November 2011 Incumbent

Affiliations[edit]

Rank by time in office[edit]

Rank President Time in office
1 Mobutu Sese Seko 31 years, 173 days
2 Joseph Kabila (Incumbent) 14 years, 110 days
3 Joseph Kasa-Vubu 5 years, 146 days
4 Laurent-Désiré Kabila 3 years, 245 days

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fled from the occupied Belgium and replaced.
  2. ^ Regent Prince after Leopold III's flight.
  3. ^ The Belgian Congo obteined the independence and was split in Congo-Léopoldville, Congo-Brazzaville, State of Katanga and South Kasai.