Newly elected Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi makes first trip to U.S. Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 5, 2021


The newly elected president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, 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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Felix Tshisekedi, chef de la délégation du Rassemblement aux négociations du centre interdiocésain, le 31/12/2016 à Kinshasa lors de la cérémonie de signature de l’accord politique. Radio Okapi/Ph. John Bompengo

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.

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi receives the presidential sash from outgoing President Joseph Kabila after being sworn in in the capital, Kinshasa, on Thursday. (Jerome Delay / Associated Press)

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.

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AMOS FOFUNG Nkunchoh is a multi-talented journalist with an intrinsic passion for investigative, politics and conflict reporting. He's based in the U. S.A.

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  1. You wrote that Kabila ruled the west African nation for 18 years.
    Correction: the DRC is in Central Africa, not West Africa.

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