The Second Congo War (also called The Great Africa War or the Great African War, and sometimes also the African World War) began in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in August 1998, just over a year after the First Congo War, and included some of the same problems. The war officially ended in July 2003, when the transitional government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo took power. Although a peace agreement was signed in 2002, violence continued in many parts of the country, particularly in the east.  Hostilities have continued since the lord`s resistance army`s continued insurgency and the Kivu and Ituri conflicts. By a unanimous vote in the Congolese parliament, his son Joseph Kabila was sworn in as president to replace him. If he won the elections, it was mainly thanks to the support of Robert Mugabe and the fact that most of the parliamentarians had been read by hand by the former Kabila.  In February, the new president met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the United States.  Rwanda, Uganda, and the rebels approved a UN withdrawal plan. Uganda and Rwanda have begun to withdraw their troops from the front line.  Joseph Kabila was described as “a more skilful political leader than his father.”  As Chris Talbot points out, an article in the Washington Post “Joseph Kabila – trained in the West and English-speaking – put his father forward.” .