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[kuh-tahng-guh, -tang-] /kəˈtɑŋ gə, -ˈtæŋ-/

former name of .
a region of SE Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre): site of a secessionist movement during the 1960s and again in 1993; important for hydroelectric power and rich mineral resources (copper and tin ore). Pop: estimates vary between 4 000 000 (1998) and 8 000 000 (2006). Area: 496 964 sq km (191 878 sq miles) Former name (1972–97) Shaba


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