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

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

Union for Democracy and Social Progress
ChairpersonFélix Tshisekedi
Founded15 February 1982
(39 years ago)
Headquarters546 Zinnias Limeté, Kinshasa, 20003
Social democracy
Democratic socialism
Social liberalism
Political positionCentre-left
International affiliation
Seats in the National Assembly
32 / 500
Seats in the Senate
0 / 108

The UDPS has boycotted the 2006 general election results, complaining of fraud. Étienne Tshisekedi, then-leader of the party, ran for president in the 2011 general election.[2] The incumbent party leader is Félix Tshisekedi, son of Étienne, who is the president of the DRC. Various members of the party, including Étienne Tshisekedi, have also served as prime minister.[3]

Election historyEdit


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)


Year Vote percent Seats won
0 / 108

National AssemblyEdit

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


  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 26 August 2018.
  2. ^ "The Congolese Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) - Democratic Republic of Congo". Democratic Republic of Congo. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ Ross, Aaron. "In Congo, Tshisekedi's death undermines chances of 2017 transition". U.S. Retrieved 26 August 2018.

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