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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.

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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Having lost their previous match 9-0 to Yugoslavia, Zaire president Joseph Mobutu sent his presidential guards to threaten the squad with dire consequences if they lost heavily in their next game.
After independence in 1960, it suffered under the dictatorship of Joseph Mobutu, a "pro-West" puppet who ran his country into the ground over three decades of misrule.
The army chief of staff, Colonel Joseph Mobutu, now announced that the army was taking over temporarily to restore order.
DR Congo was bled dry by the kleptocratic regime of Joseph Mobutu Sese Seko, who came to power in a 1965 coup and ruled for 32 years.
The country soon fell into a civil war, during which Colonel Joseph Mobutu, the army's chief of staff, seized control.
With strong American encouragement, an army officer named Joseph Mobutu seized power in a military coup in 1965.
Alienated from his former ally, within months Kasavubu removed Lumumba from office and army chief Joseph Mobutu, backed by Belgium and the US, saw his opportunity to seize power.
From Devlin's account, the Americans had a field day running the then Colonel Joseph Mobutu, President Kasavubu, Justin Bomboko, Cyrille Adoula, Victor Nendeka and their other pro-Western friends for the benefit of America's national interest.
In January 1961, Belgian troops and Congolese soldiers loyal to Joseph Mobutu, the Congolese army chief of staff, assassinated Congo's first elected leader, Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.
But Lumumba's African nationalism and anti-imperialist stance alarmed Belgium and the United States, which backed Joseph Mobutu, the head of the army, in a revolt against Lumumba.
Five years of chaos followed before Joseph Mobutu seized power in 1965.