The Congo: Abduction in the Air

The most troublesome enemy of Congo President Joseph Mobutu is Moise Tshombe, 47, the wily pro-Western politician who ran copper-rich Katanga as a secessionist state in the early 1960s, later served for 15 months as the Con o's Premier, and still commands wide support in the country. After Mobutu seized power in a bloodless army-backed coup 21 months ago, he forced Tshombe into permanent exile, later had him sentenced to death in absentia for high treason. Mobutu sees the hand of Tshombe in every disturbance in the Congo, is convinced that he...

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