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Politics of DRC

An overview of the DRC system of politics and government, from the founding fathers to the current ruling and main opposition parties.

DRC Politics

  • Current President: Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo
  • Main opposition leader: Martin Madidi Fayulu
  • Founding President: Joseph Kasa-Vubu (ABAKO)
  • Founding Prime Minister: Patrice Émery Lumumba
  • Liberation political parties: Mouvement National Congolais (MNC) & Alliance of Bakongo (ABAKO)
  • Ruling party: Cap Pour le Changement (CACH) and Common Front for Congo (FCC)
  • Main opposition party: Lamuka

DRC Executive branch of government

  • Head of State: President (directly elected)
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister (elected by parliament)
  • Executive body: Cabinet
  • Election cycle: 5 years
  • Regional leaders: Governors

DRC legislative branch of government

  • Type of legislature: Bicameral
  • Upper House: Senate: 108 (4 each from 25 provinces and 8 from Kinshasa)
  • Lower House: National Assembly (61 directly elected and 439 indirectly elected)
  • Election cycle: 5 years

DRC judiciary

  • Highest court: Constitutional Court
  • Council of State (Administrative justice)
  • Court of Cassation (Political cases and final say in all legal challenges)
  • Head of the judiciary: President of the Constitutional Court, Benoit Lwamba Bindu
  • Head of the prosecuting authority: Flory Kabange Numbi

DRC country profile

  • Independence: 30 June 1960
  • Area: 2,345,409 km2(905,567 sq mi) 
  • Population: 91,931,000 (2019 
  • Other: Currency:Congolese franc, Time Zone: UCT+1, Driving side: Right, Calling code: +243, TLD: cd.
  • Administrative divisions: 26 provinces
  • Capital & largest city: Kinshasa

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