Félix Tshisekedi

Félix Tshisekedi
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Félix Tshisekedi in 2019
5th President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Assumed office
25 January 2019
Prime MinisterBruno Tshibala
Sylvestre Ilunga
Preceded byJoseph Kabila
Leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress
Assumed office
31 March 2018
Preceded byÉtienne Tshisekedi
Personal details
Born
Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo

(1963-06-13) 13 June 1963 (age 56)
Léopoldville, Congo-Léopoldville (now Kinshasa, DR Congo)
Political partyUnion for Democracy and Social Progress
Spouse(s)Denise Nyakéru Tshisekedi
ParentsÉtienne Tshisekedi
(father)
Marthe Kasalu Jibikila
(mother)

Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo[1] (French: [feliks ɑ̃twan tʃizək(ə)di tʃilɔ̃bo]; born 13 June 1963)[2] is a Congolese politician who has been the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 25 January 2019.[3] He is the leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), the oldest and largest party of the Democratic Republic of Congo.[4] He is also the son of late Étienne Tshisekedi, a three-time Prime Minister of Zaire and opposition leader. Tshisekedi was the UDPS party's candidate for president in the December 2018 general election, which he won, despite accusations of irregularities from European and Catholic Church election monitoring organizations. His victory was upheld by the Constitutional Court of the DRC after another opposition politician, Martin Fayulu, challenged the result.

He has named his coalition partner and political heavyweight, Vital Kamerhe, as his Chief of Cabinet.[5] In May 2019 he arrived at a deal with the parliament's Kabila-aligned majority, the Common Front for Congo coalition, to appoint Sylvestre Ilunga as the new Prime Minister.[6]

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.[7] Félix Tshisekedi 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 putting his studies on hold. 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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беларуская: Фелікс Чысекеды
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Фэлікс Чысэкэдзі
čeština: Felix Tshisekedi
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português: Félix Tshisekedi
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українська: Фелікс Чісекеді
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