Zaire facts for kids
|Republic of Zairea|
|République du Zaïre
Repubuliki ya Zaïre
Jamhuri ya Zaïre
"Paix – Justice – Travail" (French)
"Peace – Justice – Work"
Lingala · Kongo
Swahili · Tshiluba
|•||1971–1997||Mobutu Sese Seko|
|Historical era||Congo Crisis|
|•||Country renamed||27 October 1971|
|•||First Congo War||16 May 1997|
|•||1996||2,345,410 km2 (905,570 sq mi)|
|Density||20/km2 (51/sq mi)|
|a. Renamed from "Democratic Republic of the Congo" (République démocratique du Congo) on 27 October 1971.
b. Changed from "Léopoldville" in 1966.
c. Zaire became a de jure single-party state on December 23, 1970, but had been a de facto single-party state since May 20, 1967, the date on which the MPR (Mouvement Populaire de la Revolution) was established. Zaire formally adopted a multiparty system on April 24, 1990, when Mobutu delivered a speech proclaiming the end of the single-party system. The country adopted multipartyism de jure with the passage of Law No. 90-002 of July 5, 1990, which amended its constitution accordingly.
Zaire, officially the Republic of Zaire (French: République du Zaïre) was the name of a country that is now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It used this name from 27 November 1971 to 17 May 1997. The name "Zaire" comes from a Portuguese corruption of the Kongo word nzare, meaning "river".
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Mobutu was the president of Zaire from 1965 to 1997.
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