The Kasai region is a region in the central southern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It shares its name with the Kasai River.
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After the independence of Congo in 1960, Kasai seceded for a while under influence of Belgium and became an independent kingdom. After the assassination of Patrice Lumumba the following year, Kasai came back to Congo.[clarification needed]
Until 2015 Kasai region was divided administratively into two provinces, Kasai-Occidental and Kasai-Oriental. After 2015, the former Districts within these provinces were in some cases combined with cities that had been independently administered, and their status was elevated to the five current provinces: