Félix Tshisekedi

Félix Tshisekedi
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President-elect of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Assuming office
22 January 2019
Prime MinisterVital Kamerhe (designate)
SucceedingJoseph Kabila
Leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress
Assumed office
31 March 2018
Preceded byÉtienne Tshisekedi
Personal details
Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi

(1963-06-13) 13 June 1963 (age 55)
Léopoldville, Congo-Léopoldville (now Kinshasa, DR Congo)
Political partyUnion for Democracy and Social Progress
ParentsÉtienne Tshisekedi
Marthe Kasalu Jibikila

Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi[1] (French: [feligz ɑ̃twan tʃizək(ə)di tʃilɔ̃bo]; born 13 June 1963)[2] is a Congolese politician who is the President-elect of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[3] Currently he is the leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), the oldest and largest opposition party of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[4] He is the son of late Étienne Tshisekedi, a three-time Prime Minister of Zaire and opposition leader, and would therefore become the first Congolese president to be related to a Prime Minister.

Early life and education

Tshisekedi was born in Léopoldville on 13 June 1963 to mother Marthe and father Étienne Tshisekedi, who served as Prime Minister of Zaire in the 1990s. His father is of Luba ethnicity.[5] Félix had a comfortable life as a youth in the capital. However, when his father created the UDPS in the early 1980's, publicly opposing Mobutu, Félix was forced to accompany his dissident father into house arrest in his native village in central Kasaï. This led to him ending his studies. In 1985, Mobutu authorised him, his mother, and his brothers to leave Kasaï. He went on to live in Brussels, Belgium, where he worked at odd jobs and became an active UDPS militant.[2]

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