On October 27, the former Democratic Republic of the Congo changed its name to the Zaire Republic.
On October 27, the former Democratic Republic of the Congo changed its name to the Zaire Republic. The decision was taken at a joint meeting of the Government and the Political Bureau of the country's only political party, the Popular Movement of the Revolution. The Meeting, at which President Joseph Mobutu presided, was held on a boat on the re-named River Zaire.
SYNOPSIS: Along the re-named River Zaire, a guard of honour waited aboard the steamer "Joseph Mobutu" on October 27, of the arrival of the President of what's now the Zaire Republic. President Mobutu arrived on the steamer by helicopter. He was going to preside over an extra-ordinary joint session of the Government and the Political Bureau of the country's only political party, the Popular Movement of the Revolution. Cabinet ministers and party representatives greeted the President as he left the helicopter.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss what was an important decision of the country. At the meeting it was decided to change the name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the Zaire Republic. The Congo River was renamed the River Zaire. A primary purpose of the decision is to extinguish reminders of the time when the country was a colony of Belgium.
The country's flag is to be changed, and there's going to be a competition with a prize to the author of a new national anthem. As a result of the change, Oriental Province becomes Upper Zaire, and Central Congo becomes the Lower Zaire Province.
Another result the change of name will have will to end any possible confusion with the Brazzaville Government across the river. When it became independent, the country also chose the name Congo for its Republic.
According to the Government in Kinshasa the change of name signifies the country's entry into a new era.