Hours after his promotion to Commander-in-Chief of the Congolese Army by President Kasavubu, 30-year old Colonel Joseph Mobutu announced in Leopoldville September 14 Governments - one led by Mr.
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Background: Hours after his promotion to Commander-in-Chief of the Congolese Army by President Kasavubu, 30-year old Colonel Joseph Mobutu announced in Leopoldville September 14 Governments - one led by Mr. Lumumba, and the other by Mr. Ileo - as well as the President himself and both Legislative Houses.
He asked for continued United Nations aid and said he would appeal to all Congolese technicians and students abroad to return and help administer the eleven-weeks old Republic until order was restored.
At an impromptu press conferences in a Leopoldville hotel December 15, Colonel Mobutu brandished Russian propaganda leaflets bearing Mr. Khruschev's portrait. He said that to his great astonishment, he had discovered "Russian technicians were officers who came here disguised as civilians, and were distributing tons of pamphlets throughout the Congo". He went on to say that he had given the Embassies of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and all Socialist countries 48-hours to leave the country.
Colonel Mobutu was at one time a journalist on a Leopoldville weekly paper. He preferred the Army as a career and rose to the rank of Sergeant under the Belgian administration. He spent six months in Brussels at the time of the Brussels Trade Fair, and has made briefer visits more recently. He is a former member of Mr. Lumumba's National Congolese Movement.