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Patrice Lumumba

Updated on June 18, 2013

Patrice Lumumba was the first legally elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo

Lumumba's leadership would last only ten weeks, before he was deposed and murdered at the hands of the Belgian government, because of his intention to align his uranium rich nation with The Soviet Union.

The CIA has claimed they were uninvolved, though they are known to have been arranging a similar operation.

Patrice Lumumba

Patrice Lumumba
Patrice Lumumba

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