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Thursday, 18 January, 2001, 21:28 GMT
New DR Congo leader profile

The acting president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila spent his early life abroad, first in Tanzania and then in Uganda and Rwanda for military training.

He was part of the guerrilla army which swept across the then Zaire in 1996, to install his father in power after overthrowing the unpopular dictatorial Mobutu regime.

Since then he has continued his military career, eventually being appointed commander-in-chief of the army, despite his youth.

One of the BBC's Africa analysts says Joseph Kabila is still an unknown quantity for many Congolese.

She says he has a reputation for steering clear of politics and living modestly with his wife and family. His public image until now has been quite the opposite of the populist, playboy style of his father.

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