Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republique Democratique du Congo
Formerly known as Zaire and once a Belgian colony, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a central African nation northeast of Angola. Slightly less than a quarter of the size of the United States, the Congo is governed from the autonomous capital city of Kinshasa. The country is divided into 10 provinces: Bandundu, Bas-Congo, Equateur, Kasai-Occidental, Kasai-Oriental, Katanga, Maniema, Nord-Kivu, Orientale, Sud-Kivu.
The Congo is governed by a dictatorship presumably undergoing a transition to representative government. Before the overthrow of President Mobuto Sese Seko, the presidency was a popularly elected office. A Prime Minister once held the reigns of administration. The nation is currently run by a dictator who assumed the office after the assassination of his father, President Laurent Desire Kabila. Legislation is currently the jurisdiction of the Transitional Constituent Assembly, established in 2000. Every member to the assembly is appointed by the dictator.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is currently in a state of civil war that has drawn in military forces from neighboring states, with Uganda and Rwanda supporting the rebel movements that occupy much of the eastern portion of the state.