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Vol 38 No 11

Published 23rd May 1997


Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila in Kinshasa

The seven month military march is over; the political march looks longer and tougher

Zaïre has a new name, République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), a new strongman, Laurent-Désiré Kabila and a new burst of goodwill from most of the world's capitals with the possible exception of Paris, whose adage 'Mobutu or chaos' was overtaken by the reality of 'Mobutu and chaos'. Kinshasa residents gave a warm welcome to Kabila's army, as did their counterparts in town after town as the Alliance des Forces Démocratiques du Congo-Zaïre swept across the country.

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