This article lists the heads of state of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) since the country's independence in 1960.

The current head of state is President Joseph Kabila, since 17 January 2001.

Heads of state of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1960–present)

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Republic of the Congo (1960–1964)

Name Birth–Death Took office Left office Political Party
Presidents
1 Joseph Kasa-Vubu 1910–1969 1 July 1960 1 August 1964 ABAKO
Antoine Gizenga
(disputed)
1925– 31 March 1961 5 August 1961 Parti Solidaire Africain
(Gizenga faction)

Democratic Republic of the Congo (1964–1971)

Presidents
(1) Joseph Kasa-Vubu 1910–1969 1 August 1964 24 November 1965 ABAKO
2 Joseph-Désiré Mobutu 1930–1997 24 November 1965 27 October 1971 Military /
Popular Movement of the Revolution

Republic of Zaire (1971–1997)

President
(2) Mobutu Sese Seko 1930–1997 27 October 1971 16 May 1997 Popular Movement of the Revolution

Democratic Republic of the Congo (1997–present)

Presidents
3 Laurent-Désiré Kabila 1939–2001 17 May 1997 16 January 2001 Independent
4 Joseph Kabila 1971– 26 January 2001
Acting since 17 January 2001
Incumbent Independent /
People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy

Rank by time in office

Rank President Time in office
1 Mobutu Sese Seko 31 years, 173 days
2 Joseph Kabila (Incumbent) 16 years, 318 days
3 Joseph Kasa-Vubu 5 years, 146 days
4 Laurent-Désiré Kabila 3 years, 245 days

See also

Notes

  1. Rebel government at Stanleyville, during the Congo Crisis
  2. Deposed in the 1965 coup d'état
  3. Previously named Joseph-Désiré Mobutu; changed name on 10 January 1972 due to the policy of Zairianisation
  4. Deposed in the First Congo War
  5. Assassinated