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Mo·bu·tu Se·se Se·ko

(mə-bo͞o′tō sā′sā sā′kō, mō-) Originally Joseph Désiré Mobutu. 1930-1997.
Congolese military and political leader. Mobutu overthrew the existing government of the Congo in 1965, established himself as president in 1967, and renamed the country Zaire in 1971. He died shortly after being ousted from the presidency by political insurgents in 1997.
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Mo•bu•tu Se•se Se•ko

(moʊˈbu tu ˈsɛs eɪ ˈsɛk oʊ, mə-)
n.
1. (Joseph-Désiré Mobutu), 1930–97, president of Zaire 1965–97.
2. Lake, official name of Lake Albert.
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In the wings was Joseph Desire Mobutu who would soon assume office and rule Congo (renamed Zaire) like a personal estate kept for himself and his Western backers.
Joseph Desire Mobutu (later Mobutu Sese Seko) took over the government and ceded it again to President Kasavubu.