Union for Democracy and Social Progress (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

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Union for Democracy and Social Progress
ChairpersonFélix Tshisekedi
Founded15 February 1982
Headquarters546 Zinnias Limeté,
Kinshasa, 20003
IdeologySocial democracy
Political positionCentre-left
International affiliationProgressive Alliance
Socialist International (observer)
ColoursYellow, Red, Blue
Seats in the National Assembly
41 / 500
Seats in the Senate
0 / 108
Website
www.udps.be
Founding members of the party from left to right: Frédéric Kibassa Maliba, Étienne Tshisekedi, Vincent Mbwakiem, and Marcel Lihau

The Union for Democracy and Social Progress (French: Union pour la Démocratie et le Progrès Social) is one of the major contemporary political parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo[1] along with MLC. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous operation in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Union for Democracy and Social Progress boycotted the polls of the General Election held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2006, complaining of fraud. Étienne Tshisekedi, then leader of the party, ran for president in the 2011 General Election.[2] The current leader of the party is Félix Tshisekedi, son of Étienne, who as of 9 January 2019 is the President-elect of the DRC. Various members of the party, including Étienne Tshisekedi, have also served as Prime Minister.[3]

Election history[edit]

Presidential[edit]

Presidency of DR Congo
Election year Candidate First Round Second Round
# of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
2011 Étienne Tshisekedi 5,864,775 32.33% (#2)
2018 Félix Tshisekedi 7,051,013 38.57% (#1)

Senate[edit]

Year Vote percent Seats won
2019 TBA
0 / 108

National Assembly[edit]

Year Vote percent Seats won
2011 32.33
41 / 500
2018
32 / 500

References[edit]

  1. ^ Refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for. "Refworld | Democratic Republic of the Congo: Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), including its status, its relationship to the government in power, and the treatment of its members by the authorities and security forces". Refworld. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  2. ^ "The Congolese Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) - Democratic Republic of Congo". Democratic Republic of Congo. 2017-09-25. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  3. ^ Ross, Aaron. "In Congo, Tshisekedi's death undermines chances of 2017 transition". U.S. Retrieved 2018-08-26.

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