Updated: March 5, 2021
The newly elected president of the Democratic Republic of Congo,, is making his first trip to the United States tonight.
Mr. Tshisekedi took over in January 2019 from Joseph Kabila who ruled the central African nation for over 18 years.
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On April 6, he will meet with the Congolese diaspora in the United States to discuss the “aftermath of the Congolese elections and immediate actions to be taken for the well-being of the Congolese people,” officials from the U.S branch of his political party, Union for Democracy and Social Progress, UDSP, said.
To hold in Washington DC, the gathering will equally seek to galvanize the diaspora to engage more and support the president in his efforts to develop the DRC.
Felix Tshisekedi is the son of veteran DRC opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who served thrice as the country’s Premier. He took over his father’s UDSP political party after the 84-year-old popular opposition leader passed on in 2017.
Underrated and described as a “political amateur”, unfit to step in his father’s shoes, Felix Tshisekedi successfully led a coalition that won the presidential election organized by Kabila, and was sworn in as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo in a peaceful transition.