—NPR's Jennifer Ludden examines how the political landscape in Central Africa is changing, as the result of regional cooperation in the overthrow this year of the late Zairian dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko. Mobutu's successor, Laurent Kabilia, received support from a new generation of African leaders, such as Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Rwandan Vice President Paul Kagame. The changes seem to mark the end of the post-colonial era, during which authoritarian rulers looted their countries with little interference from their European and American supporters.
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