Province of Équateur
|Province de l'Équateur|
|Named for||The Equator|
|• Governor||Bobo Boloko Bolumbu |
|• Total||103,902 km2 (40,117 sq mi)|
|• Density||16/km2 (41/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (WAT)|
|License Plate Code||CGO / 03|
Équateur is one of the 21 new provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo created in the 2015 repartitioning. Équateur, Mongala, Nord-Ubangi, Sud-Ubangi, and Tshuapa provinces are the result of the dismemberment of the former Équateur province. The new province was formed from the Équateur district and the independently administered city of Mbandaka which retained its status as a provincial capital.
The province of Équateur created in 1917 was much larger than today. Over time it went through a number of border and name changes. Under Article 2 of the 2006 Constitution it was to assume its current boundaries, but administratively they were not finalized until 2015.
- Bikoro Territory (Bukoro Territory) with the town of Bikoro
- Lukolela Territory with the town of Lukolela
- Basankusu Territory with the town of Basankusu
- Makanza Territory with the town of Makanza
- Bolomba Territory with the town of Bolomba
- Bomongo Territory with the town of Bomongo
- Ingende Territory with the town of Ingende
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