President Joseph Mobutu was sworn in on December the 5th for a new seven-year as head of State.
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Background: President Joseph Mobutu was sworn in on December the 5th for a new seven-year as head of State.
Attending the ceremony were five heads of State - President Ngouabi of Congo-Brazzaville, Nimeiry of Sudan, Bongo of Gabon, Tombalbaye of Chad and Michombero of Burundi.
Both President Ngouabi and President Nimiery were decorated with the Order of the Leopard, one of the country's highest awards.
The Presidents of Rwanda, the Ivory Coast, and the Cameroon were represented. The Belgian Minister for Co-operation and Development, M. Raymond Scheyven, represented King Baudouin.
President Mobutu was elected overwhelmingly at the end of October for a new term. He has been head of state since 1965 when he came to power in a bloodless coup d'etat.
At the swearing-in the 40-year old President outlined a 10 year plan for the country. He said the plan would be reviewed after five years. President Mobutu said that now the economy had been wrested from the grip of foreign monopolies, the aim would be to raise the standards of living at all levels.