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Joseph Kabila
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4th President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Assumed office
26 January 2001
Acting: 17 January 2001 – 26 January 2001
Prime Minister Antoine Gizenga
Adolphe Muzito
Louis Alphonse Koyagialo (Acting)
Augustin Matata Ponyo
Samy Badibanga
Bruno Tshibala
Vice President Azarias Ruberwa
Arthur Z'ahidi Ngoma
Abdoulaye Yerodia Ndombasi
Jean-Pierre Bemba (2003-2006)
Preceded by Laurent-Désiré Kabila
Personal details
Born
Joseph Kabila Kabange

4 June 1971 (1971-06-04) (age 48)
Fizi, Congo-Léopoldville
(now Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Political party People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy
Spouse(s) Olive Lembe di Sita
Alma mater Makerere University
People's Liberation Army National Defense University

Joseph Kabila Kabange (born 4 June 1971) is a Congolese politician who has been President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since January 2001. He took office ten days after the assassination of his father, President Laurent-Désiré Kabila. He was elected as President in 2006. In 2011, he was re-elected for a second term.

Kabila's term was due to expire on 20 December 2016 per the constitution, adopted in 2006. Officials suggested that elections would be held in November 2016. However, on 29 September 2016, the nation's electoral authority announced that the election would not be held until early 2018. Talk has focused on the need for a census before holding elections.

In August 2018, Kabila announced that he will step down and not seek reelection in the December 2018 general election.

Since coming to power, Joseph Kabila has faced continuous wars in eastern Congo and internal rebel forces supported by neighboring governments of Uganda and Rwanda.

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