n Conflict Trends - Central Africa. Mediating peace where there is none - : viewpoint

Volume 1999, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The abrupt departure of the late Marshall Mobutu Sese Seko from the Congolese political scene failed to usher in the rebuilding of the state and a credible transition. The Congolese population had hoped that the end of the 32-year dictatorship would herald a democratic, stable and peaceful Congo. One main cause for the transitions failure was that Mobutu's end - although campaigned for - came as a surprise. It caught both the rebels and the internal opposition unprepared to assume control of the country, as none of them had a post-Mobutu - plan de societe.

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