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  Kabila, Joseph
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AffiliationPeople's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy  
 
NameJoseph Kabila
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Born December 04, 1971 (46 years)
ContributorMadViking
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Jul 24, 2006 04:03pm
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InfoJoseph Kabila, appointed as acting head of government in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a quiet soldier who accompanied his father as he led his rebel army towards Kinshasa in 1997.
He was rewarded with the title of major-general, and a post at the head of the DR Congo armed forces.

Less than two years later he had gone from fighting with the rebels to fighting against them, as Rwandan-backed guerrillas sought to oust his father from power.

Heading the military campaign against the rebels has been Joseph Kabila's main concern since then.

His supporters hail him as a military hero - his detractors remark that his presence in a frontline town has usually preceded that town's capture by rebel forces.

Certainly, any military victories against the rebels have largely been the work of the Zimbabwean or Angolan armies, rather than Congo's own forces.

But Joseph Kabila is said to enjoy a particularly close relationship with Angolan military commanders in DR Congo - whose continued support for the Kinshasa government will be essential in keeping the rebels from attempting a fresh assault on the capital.

Eldest son

Described as shy, the 31-year-old Joseph cuts an unassuming figure alongside his rotund and extrovert father.

He is thought to be the oldest of at least 10 children fathered by Laurent Kabila from several mothers.

Born to a Tutsi woman while his father was in exile, he communicates more easily in the English and Swahili spoken in much of East Africa than in the French and Lingala spoken in Kinshasa.

Observers say the Congolese population at large will not be happy with the idea of a Kabila family succession in the presidential palace.


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Dec 04, 2004 12:00am Interview First-name terms: An unexpected audience with DR Congo's president  Article Picimpalious 

DISCUSSION
Importance? 9.00000 Average

FAMILY
Father Laurent-Désiré Kabila 1939-2001

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  10/29/2006 DRC President - Kasaï oriental Lost 7.29% (-85.43%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Mai-Ndombe Lost 12.42% (-75.17%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Tanganyika Won 98.66% (+97.33%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Bas-Uele Lost 42.53% (-14.95%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Kinshasa Lost 32.78% (-34.45%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Maniema Won 98.33% (+96.66%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Tshopo Won 82.79% (+65.57%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Équateur Lost 3.77% (-92.47%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Kongo central Lost 25.86% (-48.28%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Mongala Lost 3.06% (-93.89%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Tshuapa Lost 3.09% (-93.82%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Haut-Katanga Won 83.79% (+67.57%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Kwango Lost 39.36% (-21.29%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Nord-Kivu Won 96.45% (+92.90%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Haut-Lomami Won 98.62% (+97.25%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Kwilu Won 51.54% (+3.08%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Nord-Ubangi Lost 5.50% (-89.00%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President Won 58.05% (+16.10%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Haut-Uele Won 83.56% (+67.12%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Lomami Lost 34.56% (-30.88%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Sankuru Won 74.07% (+48.15%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Ituri Won 82.65% (+65.29%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Lualaba Won 98.16% (+96.32%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Sud-Kivu Won 98.31% (+96.61%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Kasaï Lost 35.74% (-28.52%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Lulua Lost 9.09% (-81.82%)
  10/29/2006 DRC President - Sud-Ubangi Lost 1.17% (-97.66%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Kasaï Lost 16.63% (-12.04%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Haut-Uele Won 77.05% (+67.61%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Maniema Won 89.80% (+81.35%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Tshopo Won 77.23% (+63.71%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Kwilu Lost 0.85% (-96.06%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Ituri Won 72.47% (+58.83%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Mongala Lost 2.66% (-61.50%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Kwango Lost 3.89% (-79.10%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Kinshasa Lost 14.73% (-34.33%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Nord-Kivu Won 77.71% (+69.67%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Kasaï oriental Lost 10.05% (-25.83%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Kongo central Lost 13.91% (-22.30%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Nord-Ubangi Lost 1.21% (-53.81%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Bas-Uele Lost 25.01% (-8.40%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Lomami Won 29.69% (+4.56%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Sankuru Won 58.85% (+26.38%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Tshuapa Lost 2.25% (-51.73%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Lualaba Won 70.74% (+56.30%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Sud-Kivu Won 89.55% (+82.38%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President Won 44.81% (+24.78%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Haut-Katanga Won 67.03% (+58.36%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Lulua Lost 6.28% (-34.66%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Sud-Ubangi Lost 1.31% (-76.86%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Équateur Lost 2.19% (-63.81%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Haut-Lomami Won 93.39% (+90.75%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Mai-Ndombe Lost 6.50% (-36.46%)
  07/30/2006 DRC President - Tanganyika Won 83.83% (+75.61%)
  01/17/2001 DRC President Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
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