Joseph Kabila assumed power of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on January 26, 2001 – ten days after the assassination of his father, former President Laurent-Désiré Kabila.
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Kabila is unpopular with the people of the DRC due to the funnelling of funds which enrich his family while the majority of the people of the DRC remain in dire straits.
Kabila is also blamed for the long-running civil wars which include opposition from rebel forces in Rwanda and Uganda.
He has also postponed elections in DRC, prolonging his time in power while angering DRC citizens.