Democratic Republic of Congo
D.R. Congo History
The Democratic Republic of Congo is located in. The surrounding countries are: Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan. D.R. Congo gained their independence from a European country called Belgium. They recently became independent in the year of 1960 with Patrice Lumumba as their Prime Minister. Let's take it back now.
Congo started to rise in the 1200's. The first European to step foot on Congo is a Portuguese navigator Diogo Cao and he tries to set up ties with Congo's King. In the 16th and 17th centuries European countries started to enslave the people of Congo because the King would just sell them off to other countries. Congo till this day have a corrupt government to a point it is every man for itself which is a example of a Traditional Economy.
In 1870's the Belgian King Leopold II starts to set up venture to colonize Congo. About 1891 the Belgians took control over Congo. In the year of 1959 the Belgians started to lose control over Congo because of riots.(bbc.com)
Congo's government is a Democratic Republic just like the United States of America. That is why they are called the Democratic Republic of Congo. The capital of Congo is Kinshasa. Congo's chief of state is Joseph Kabila since 2001. Their head of government is Matata Ponyo since 2012. The reason why Congo is considered a Democratic Republic is because the people vote for someone to represent their government.
Congo has an Senate that consists of 108 seats to serve five year term. Congo also has an National Assembly that consists of 500 seats and also serve an five year term.
The Judicial Branch has 26 Supreme Court Justices. The Justices are nominated by the Judicial Council. The Judicial Branch also have an Constitutional Court that consists of 9 judges. (cia.gov)
Economy and Poverty
The Democratic Republic runs on a traditional economy. Traditional economy is a economic system where traditions shape the goods and products the society creates and very rural based ("What is Traditional Economy?") Congo is one of the most poorest country in the world today. They are loaded on natural resources. They have natural resources like cobalt, copper, niobium, tantalum, petroleum, industrial and gem diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, uranium, coal, hydro power and timber. Congo cannot just put two to two together because of lack of literacy. Congo's literacy rate is 66.8% ( 76.9% male, 57% female) (cia.gov)
People and Realigion
The Democratic Republic of Congo population as of 2014 is 77,433,744 (20th in the world). The life expectancy is on average 56.54 years which is 203rd in the world for both male and female (male 55.03 years, female 58.09 years). That is why 43.1% of the country is children 0-14 years of age. 21.4% is 15-24 years old, 29.4% is 25-54 years old, 3.5% is 55-64 years old, and 2.6% is 65 and over years old.