Joseph Iléo

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Joseph Iléo
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Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
In office
5 September 1960 – 20 September 1960
President Joseph Kasa-Vubu
Preceded by Patrice Lumumba
Succeeded by Justin Marie Bomboko (as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners-General)
In office
9 February 1961 – 2 August 1961
President Joseph Kasa-Vubu
Preceded by Justin Marie Bomboko (as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners-General)
Succeeded by Cyrille Adoula
President of the Senate of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
In office
22 June 1960 – 5 September 1960
Deputy Jacques Masangu
Joseph Okito
Succeeded by Victor Koumorico
Personal details
Born 15 September 1921
Léopoldville, Belgian Congo
(Now Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Died 19 September 1994(1994-09-19) (aged 73)
Brussels, Belgium
Political party Mouvement National Congolais
Parti Démocrate Social Chrétien (1990–1994)

Joseph Iléo (15 September 1921 – 19 September 1994), later called Sombo Amba Iléo,[1] was a politician in the Republic of the Congo and was prime minister for two periods.

Early life[edit]

Joseph Iléo was born on 15 September 1921.[2]

In 1956, he was one of the authors of Manifeste de la Conscience Africaine, which demanded the right of Africans to self-rule. In 1958, he was one of the founders of the Mouvement National Congolais. When the movement split a year later, he joined the camp led by Albert Kalonji.[3]

After independence and later life[edit]

Iléo was voted into the Senate and then voted its president on June 1960. Upon the dismissal of then-prime minister Patrice Lumumba, Iléo was declared prime minister by Congolese president, Joseph Kasa-Vubu, on 5 September 1960. He held the post until 20 September 1960.[4] Under his successor, Justin Marie Bomboko, he served as Minister of Information. He was again declared prime minister on 9 February 1961. He remained in this post until 2 August 1961.

From March to December 1979 Iléo served as President of the National Assembly.[2]

In April 1990, he founded the Parti Démocrate Social Chrétien, serving as chairman of the party until his death. He died on 19 September 1994.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Democratic Republic of the Congo". Cartage. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  2. ^ a b c "ILEO SONGO AMBA Joseph". Assemblée nationale. National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Zaire Chronology of Important Events". Country Studies Series. Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress. December 1993. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  4. ^ "USA/Africa: New Data on Murder of Lumumba". University of Pennsylvania – African Studies Center. 1 August 2002. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Patrice Lumumba
Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
5 September 1960 – 20 September 1960
Succeeded by
Justin Marie Bomboko
Preceded by
Justin Marie Bomboko
Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
9 February 1961 – 2 August 1961
Succeeded by
Cyrille Adoula