Patrice Lumumba facts for kids
|Prime Minister of Congo-Léopoldville|
24 June 1960 – 14 September 1960
|Preceded by||position established|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Iléo|
2 July 1925
Katakokombe, Belgian Congo
|Died||17 January 1961 (aged 35)
Near Élisabethville, Katanga
(Now Lubumbashi, Congo-Kinshasa)
|Political party||Congolese National Movement|
Patrice Émery Lumumba (July 2, 1925 – January 17, 1961) was the only elected leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (called the Republic of the Congo at the time, but this should not be confused with today's Republic of the Congo). The official position of the US government, as seen in the US News and World Report, associated Lumumba's ideas of African socialist democracy as an African brand of communism. Thus, the Americans had plans to kill him. He was murdered by the Katangans on January 17, 1961, just months after independence.
Lumumba's son, François is now a political figure in the Congo. He has created a small Lumumbist group.
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USSR commemorative stamp, 1961
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