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Zaire Name Change

May 31, 1997

The United Nations decided this week to recognize the name change of the country formerly called "Zaire" to the "Democratic Republic of Congo." The country's new government, led by President Laurent Kabila, had announced the change when it seized power this month.

The Times will adopt the new name, beginning with today's editions. The country will be referred to as "Congo."

The much smaller neighboring country that previously had the name "Congo" will now be referred to in The Times by its full title, "Republic of Congo."

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