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|3rd President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Joseph Kabila|
|Born|| François-Joseph Mobutu|
24 March 1970
Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire
|Political party||Congolese Revolutionary Movement|
Nzanga Mobutu is the eldest son of Mobutu Sese Seko by his second wife, Bobi Ladawa. Nzanga studied in Belgium, France and Canada before returning to Congo in the mid-1990s. He then worked as an adviser to his father, but fled into exile when rebel leader Laurent-Désiré Kabila captured Kinshasa in May 1997.
Return to democracy
He is the leader of the Congolese Revolutionary Movement, a political party advocating the restoration of peace, national unity and territorial integrity. He is most popular in the northwestern province of Équateur, whence his father hailed. In the 2006 presidential election, he ran as a candidate and placed fourth, with about 4.8% of the vote. Following the first round of voting, Mobutu entered into a platform political coalition with incumbent president Joseph Kabila to try to rally votes from the Equateur region where Jean-Pierre Bemba was favored to win. The coalition also involved the political party PALU of Antoine Gizenga. His younger brother, Albert Philipe Giala Kassa Mobutu (b. 1971), and eight other UDEMO candidates were elected to the National Assembly in the 2006 election.
Rise to presidency
Mobutu founded the Congolese Revolutionary Movement, MRC in French, as a coalition of other parties with the goal of defeating Kabila in the next elections. The coalition was joined by Étienne Tshisekedi, a long time opposition leader. The MRC outnumbered Kabila supporters and so Mobutu won, with Tshisekedi becoming the prime minister.