The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the largest state in Black Africa in terms of its land mass (2,335,000 square kilometers) and has a population estimated at about 72 millions. It is a giant state in Central Africa surrounded by nine neighboring states. In spite of its abundant natural resources and agricultural potential, it''s among the poorest countries in Africa and the world. Since independence in June 30th 1960, the history of the country is full of tragedies and lost opportunities. It has gone through three different republics, each characterized by a constitution. The current constitution of the country is not federal but a decentralized united state. This paper highlights for each republic the political environment at the time of writing the constitution and the major armed and ethnic conflicts that prevailed.
Übergeordnetes Werk / Enthalten in
Federalism - a success story?
Band / Heft
2016, S. 37-54