President of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila
Kabila was barely 30 years old when he took office as President of the DRC a mere ten days after the assassination of his father, Laurent-Désiré Kabila in 2001. Early on, many political observers dismissed the young Kabila as naive and inexperienced. However, he subsequently went on to prove himself as a capable negotiator and administrator.
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Despite several oppositions to his regime, attempted coups, and a near-civil war, Kabila remained leader of the DRC through an interim administration set up under him until he was elected President in 2006 and re-elected for a second term in 2011. The older and younger Kabila have governed the Congo for nearly 20 years now.