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Zaire and Vietnam Countries in Turmoil After before and during the Vietnam War America has tried to push democracy or at least democratic ideas onto other countries In Africa Zaire was a country that was heavily influenced by the morals of the US a stable government and a greedy capitalistic economy barely held in place thanks to its exports According to historians America did follow through with their proposal of foreign policy a stand-off form of economic and democratic assistance - although it was up to the country whether or not to use this prod in the right direction effectively The US during the time of the Cold War felt that anyone against communism was a friend and therefore promoted Zaire and its leaders at least temporarily During most of the 20th Century Zaire then called The Republic of the Congo was ruled by Joseph Dsir Mobutu Mobutu Sese Seko a corrupt leader who seized the power for nearly 30 years until he was later overthrown The US influence here was visible in that the country gained independence from Belgium in the mid-1960s After Zaire received this independence from Belgium it experienced five years of political mayhem In 1965 army chief of staff Mobutu received his power from a coup For nearly 32 years Mobutu ran a corrupt undemocratic administration concentrating his power in the executive branch and favoring those who were loyal to him His party the Popular Movement for the Revolution MPR became the only legal political party and rebels were taken care of In May of 1997 the rebels led by Laurent Kabila won control back over the country and overthrew Mobutu Kabila suspended the constitution and declared himself president This displays that none of the democratic ideals which the US claimed to have put upon its countries in foreign policy However Zaire was misruled by Mobutu and due to this had a stunted economy The main
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