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Government, Defense

Mobutu, Defense expenditures, civil guard, Paramilitary forces, national budget

In 1996 military forces consisted of a total of 28,100 personnel, dominated by an army of 25,000. There is also an air force of 1,800 members, and a navy of 1,300 members (600 of them marines). Paramilitary forces and a civil guard totaled more than 31,000 members. Military service is voluntary. Defense expenditures in the early 1990s accounted for 24 percent of the national budget. Because the military was the main source of support for Mobutu, the Kabila regime reorganized the armed forces, placing supporters in command.



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Mobutu, Defense expenditures, civil guard, Paramilitary forces, national budget, marines, air force, navy, army, Military service, command, armed forces, supporters, personnel, percent, total, members

 
 

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