Joseph Kasavubu Biography

President (non-U.S.) (c. 1910–1969)
Joseph Kasavubu was the first president of the independent Congo republic from 1960 to 1965, who shortly after independence ousted the Congo's first premier.


In the 1950s, Joseph Kasavubu sought an independent Congo. He became president (1955) of Abako (Alliance des Ba-Kongo). In the Congo's first national elections in 1960, the Congo's first premier's party outpolled Abako, but neither side could form a parliamentary coalition. As a compromise they formed an uneasy partnership. Shortly after independence Kasavubu ousted him.

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