List of political parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

This article details the various political parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen extensive civil conflict since independence in 1960, and no free and fair election had been held there until 2006. In the absence of an effective central government, most political groups (especially those in the interior) exist solely to control territory and enforce allegiance to certain leaders instead of performing the typical party functions of electoral participation and ideological debate.

There are 602 parties registered with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The parties

Alliance Abbr. Leader Parties Political position Ideology Senate Assembly
Common Front for Congo
Front commun pour le Congo
FCC Joseph Kabila
List of parties
Centre-left Social democracy
99 / 109
341 / 500
Lamuka Coalition [fr]
Coalition Lamuka
CL Moïse Katumbi
Adolphe Muzito
Right-wing Nationalism
Christian democracy
6 / 109
112 / 500
Heading for Change
Cap pour le changement
CACH Félix Tshisekedi Centre-left Progressivism
Social democracy
3 / 109
47 / 500
Party Name Party Leader
Alliance of the Democratic Forces of Congo (Alliance des Forces democratiques du Congo/AFDC) Bahati Lukwebo
Alliance for Congo's Renewal (Alliance pour le Renouveau du Congo/ARC) Olivier Kamitatu Etsu
Camp of the Fatherland (Camp de la Patrie) Leader unknown
Christian Democracy (Démocratie Chrétienne/DC) Eugène Diomi Ndongala
Christian Democrat Party (Parti Démocrate Chrétien) Leader unknown
Christian Democrats Party (Parti des Démocrates Chrétiens/PDC) José Endundo Bononge
Christian Republican Party (Parti Chrétien Républicain/PCR) Gilbert Kiakwama Kiakiziki
Coalition of Congolese Democrats (Coalition des Démocrates Congolais) Leader unknown
Congolese National Movement–Lumumba (Mouvement National Congolais–Lumumba/MNC–L) François Lumumba
Congolese Rally for Democracy–Goma (Rassemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie/RCD–G) Azarias Ruberwa
Congolese Rally for Democracy–Kisangani-Liberation Movement (Rassemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie–Kisangani–Mouvement de Libération/RCD–K–ML) Antipas Mbusa Myanwisi
Congolese Solidarity for Democracy (Solidarité Congolaise pour la Démocratie/SCODE) Jean Claude Muyambo
Convention of Christian Democrats (Convention des Démocrates Chrétiens) Leader unknown
Democrats of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Le Démocrate, République Démocratique du Congo) A. Mande Monga
Democratic Social Christian Party (Parti Démocrate Social Chrétien/PDSC) André Bo-Boliko Lokonga
Federalist Christian Democracy – Convention of Federalists for Christian Democracy (Démocratie Chrétienne Fédéraliste – Convention des Fédéralistes pour la Démocratie Chrétienne/DCF–COFEDEC) Venant Tshipasa (Pierre Pay Pay Presidential candidate)
Future of the Congo (Avenir du Congo/ACO) Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde
Forces for Renewal (Forces du Renouveau) Azarias Ruberwa
Liberal Christian Democrats Union (Union des Libéraux Démocrates Chrétiens/ULDC) Raymond Tshibanda
Movement for the Liberation of Congo (Mouvement pour la Liberation du Congo/MLC) Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo
National Alliance Party for Unity (Parti de l'Alliance Nationale pour l'Unité/PANU) André-Philippe Futa
National Democratic Action ( Action Démocratique Nationale / ADENA) Clovis Kabongo Malemba
Organisation du bahku (NBO) Leader unknown
Parti Travailliste Congolais (PTC) Thomas Ilenda Touzayamoko
People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (Parti du Peuple pour la Reconstruction et la Démocratie/PPRD) Évariste Boshab
People's Salvation Front (Front Populaire du Salut/FPS) Ahmed Padia Binkatabana
Popular Movement of the Revolution/Nzuzi Faction (Mouvement Populaire de la Revolution/Fait Privé/MPR-FP) Simon Nsimba M'vuedi
Rally of Congolese Democrats and Nationalists (Rassemblement des Congolais Démocrates et Nationalistes) Leader unknown
Social Movement for Renewal (Mouvement Social pour le Renouveau) Pierre Lumbi
Unified Lumumbist Party (Parti Lumumbiste Unifié/PALU) Antoine Gizenga
Union for Democracy and Social Progress (Union pour la Démocratie et le Progrès Social/UDPS) Étienne Tshisekedi
Union for the Nation (Union pour la Nation) Leader unknown
Union for the Republic National Movement/UNIR NM (Union pour la République - Mouvement national/UNIR MN) Boyenga Bofala
Union of Congolese nationalist Federalists/UNAFEC (Union Nationale des fédéralistes du Congo - UNAFEC)
Union for Congo's Reconstruction (Union pour la Reconstruction du Congo/UREC) Oscar Kashala
Union of Federalist Nationalists of Congo (Union des Nationalistes Fédéralistes du Congo) Leader unknown
Union of Mobutuist Democrats (Union des Démocrates Mobutistes) Nzanga Mobutu
Voix Independante du Peuple (Voix Independante du Peuple/VIP) Eddy Dishueme

Historical parties

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