Mobutu Sésé Seko was president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which was also known as Zaire for much of his reign, from 1965 to 1997. He served in the country's army and later became a journalist. Through press contacts, he met several influential politicians and was eventually appointed to high positions. Mobutu reigned during the Rwandan genocide and formed an authoritarian regime. He died in exile in 1997.
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