BIRTH NAME: Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo
DATE OF BIRTH: 13 June 1963
PLACE OF BIRTH: Léopoldville, Congo-Léopoldville (now Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
PARENTS: Edison Masisi (Father) and Marthe Tshisekedi (Mother)
Félix Tshisekedi is the leader of Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) and the President of Democratic Republic of the Congo. As of 10 January 2019, he is the President-elect of the DRC.
Early Life , Background And Childhood
Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo was born on 13 June 1963 in Léopoldville, Congo-Léopoldville (now Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo) to mother Marthe and father Étienne Tshisekedi, who served as Prime Minister of Zaire in the 1990s.
Félix Tshisekedi is the son of the 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.
In late 2008, Felix Tshisekedi was named as the UDPS National Secretary for external relations. In November 2011, he obtained a seat in the National Assembly, representing the city of Mbuji Mayi in Kasai-Oriental province.
In October 2016, Tshisekedi became vice secretary general of the UDPS. On 31 March 2018, he was elected to lead the UDPS, after his father’s death on 1 February 2017. The very same day, he was chosen by his party to be the UDPS presidential candidate in the general election that took place on 30 December 2018.
On 10 January 2019, it was announced Tshisekedi had been elected President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the elections held on 30 December 2018. He defeated another opposition leader, Martin Fayulu, and Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who was supported by term-limited outgoing president Joseph Kabila who has been president for eighteen years.