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direct popular vote, Mobutu, election procedures, democratization, dominance

The revised constitution of 1978 set the presidential term of office at seven years, renewable once, but allowed Mobutu to serve two more terms. Under the constitution, the president was to be elected by direct popular vote. Mobutu ran unopposed at every election, however, making the vote essentially inconsequential. Although his constitutionally defined mandate expired in 1991, the chaotic state of Congolese politics and a lack of agreement on election procedures allowed Mobutu to remain in office until he was overthrown in 1997. Despite promises of democratization, the Kabila regime maintained the dominance of the president over all aspects of the government.



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