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Title:The Political Undead: Is it Possible to Mourn for Mobutu's Zaire?
Author:White, Bob W.
Year:2005
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:48
Issue:2
Period:September
Pages:65-85
Language:English
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:funerals
political conditions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
History and Exploration
About person:Mobutu Sese Seko (1930-1997) is Joseph Désiré MobutuISNI
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v048/48.2white.pdf
Abstract:Following the successful coup d'état of Laurent Kabila's forces in May 1997, the Zairian dictator Mobutu Sese Seko was forced into exile in Morocco, where he died in 1997. The author looks at a lively transnational debate about whether or not the former president's remains should be repatriated to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and what this repatriation would mean in terms of the country's current political crisis. Through this debate he reflects on attempts by people in the Congo to determine what version of history should be told, and how to understand the impact of Mobutu's political legacy. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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