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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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.

Heads of State[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Portrait Incumbent Affiliation Notes
Republic of the Congo
(République du Congo)
1 July 1960 to 1 August 1964 Joseph Kasa-Vubu in Israel.png Joseph Kasavubu, President ABAKO
31 March 1961 to 5 August 1961 Antoine Gizenga.jpg Antoine Gizenga, Head of State MNC Rebel government at Stanleyville
Democratic Republic of the Congo
(République Democratique du Congo)
1 August 1964 to 24 November 1965 Joseph Kasa-Vubu in Israel.png Joseph Kasavubu, President ABAKO Deposed in a coup d'état
24 November 1965 to 27 October 1971 Mobutu.jpg Joseph-Désiré Mobutu, President Military
MPR
Republic of Zaire
(République du Zaire)
27 October 1971 to 10 January 1972 Mobutu.jpg Joseph-Désiré Mobutu, President MPR Changed name to Mobutu Sese Seko
10 January 1972 to 16 May 1997 Mobutu Sese Seko, President Deposed at the end of the First Congo War
Democratic Republic of the Congo
(République Democratique du Congo)
16 May 1997 to 29 May 1997 Laurent-Désiré Kabila cropped.jpg Laurent-Désiré Kabila, Acting Head of State ADFL
29 May 1997 to 16 January 2001 Laurent-Désiré Kabila, President Assassinated
17 January 2001 to 26 January 2001 Joseph kabila.jpg Joseph Kabila, Acting President ADFL
26 January 2001 to Present Joseph Kabila, President PPRD

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) 13 years, 177 days
3 Joseph Kasa-Vubu 5 years, 146 days
4 Laurent-Désiré Kabila 3 years, 245 days

See also[edit]