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Congolese Government Announces President Laurent Kabila's Death

Aired January 18, 2001 - 3:24 p.m. ET

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KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Congolese government officials announced that President Laurent Kabila has died, resolving two days of conflicting rumors and reports over his fate since he was shot in the palace on Tuesday. Kabila's son Joseph is taking over as acting president. And that is according to U.S. Embassy sources. Once again, President Laurent Kabila has died. This morning, it was announced at 10:00 a.m. that he died, nearly two days after being attacked during an apparent coup attempt.

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