FINALLY, THE END

THE LARCENOUS RULE OF MOBUTO SESE SEKO IS OVER. BUT WILL REBEL LEADER LAURENT KABILA HAVE THE WISDOM TO BRING DEMOCRACY TO RAVAGED ZAIRE?

The weeks of denial for Africa's most durable dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, finally came to an end on Thursday, when his three top generals asked for an urgent meeting. The trio was uncharacteristically blunt. They told Mobutu they could no longer protect him or the capital of Kinshasa from the approaching rebel army of Laurent Desire Kabila, and that if Mobutu valued his life he should flee. A commander had driven to the front east of Kinshasa that morning and concluded that government soldiers would not fight to save Mobutu's crumbling regime.

After a few final hours of procrastination,...

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