The grandson of Mobutu Sese Seko, the former president of Zaire – now the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been elected governor of Northern Ubangi province. The BBC reports that Malo Ndimba Mobutu won 11 out of the 18 votes cast by regional MPs in the provincial capital and ancestral home to the Mobutu family. Mobutu’s grandfather ruled with an iron fist from 1965 until 1997, when he fled the country as rebels – led by Laurent Kabila – advanced on the capital, Kinshasa.