Rally for Democracy and Social Progress

Rally for Democracy and Social Progress
PresidentJean-Marc Thystère Tchicaya
Secretary-GeneralJulien Makoundi Tchibinda
FounderJean-Pierre Thystère Tchicaya
Founded29 October 1990
Split fromNational Union for Democracy and Progress
Political positionCentre
Seats in the National Assembly
3 / 151
Seats in the Senate
1 / 72

The Rally for Democracy and Social Progress (French: Rassemblement pour la démocratie et le progrès social, RDPS) is a political party in the Republic of the Congo, founded by Jean-Pierre Thystère Tchicaya.


Thystère Tchicaya founded the RDPS on 29 October 1990, after splitting from another opposition group, the National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP). The RDPS won nine seats in the June–July 1992 parliamentary election.

Initially part of the National Alliance for Democracy (AND), a coalition of left-wing parties that supported Pascal Lissouba, the RDPS soon broke with the AND and joined the Union for Democratic Renewal (URD) opposition coalition, led by Bernard Kolélas. Together with the Union for the Republic (UR) and the Movement for Democracy and Salvation (MDS), the RDPS formed an alliance, the Movement for Unity and Reconstruction (MUR), in November 1996. A few days after rebels loyal to Denis Sassou Nguesso captured Brazzaville, the capital, at the end of the civil war in October 1997, Tchicaya announced the support of the RDPS for Sassou Nguesso.

In the parliamentary election held on 24 June and 5 August 2007, the party won two out of 137 seats.

RDPS President Thystère Tchicaya died on 20 June 2008. Bernard Batchi succeeded him as Interim President of the RDPS. Later, the party was led by Thystère Tchicaya's son, Jean-Marc Thystère Tchicaya. On 10 August 2015 he was nominated Minister of Hydrocarbures, allowing RDPS to formally join the government. In January 2016, the party pledged its support for Denis Sassou Nguesso in the March 2016 presidential election.

The party contested the 2017 parliamentary election as part of the presidential majority winning only three out of 151 seats. Following the election Jean-Marc Thystère Tchicaya was reconfirmed ad Minister of Hydrocarbures in the newly formed Clément Mouamba's second cabinet. In the 2021 presidential election the party supported once again Sassou Nguesso's candidacy, that was reelected for his fourth term. The following year, in the occasion of the 2022 parliamentary election the party obtained only two seats, one down from the previous election.

Electoral history

Presidential elections

Election year Candidate 1st Round 2nd Round Results
# Votes % Votes # Votes % Votes
1992 Jean-Pierre Thystère Tchicaya 45,466 5.80% Lost Red XN

National Assembly elections

Election Party leader Votes % Seats +/– Position Result
1992 Jean-Pierre Thystère Tchicaya
9 / 125
New Increase 4th Snap elections
10 / 101
Increase 1 Steady 4th Opposition
30 / 137
Increase 20 Increase 2nd Coalition
2 / 137
Decrease 28 Decrease 10th Support
2012 Jean-Marc Thystère Tchicaya
5 / 139
Increase 3 Increase 4th Support 2012-15
Coalition 2015-17
3 / 151
Decrease 2 Decrease 5th Coalition
2 / 151
Decrease 1 Decrease 8th Coalition
(PCT-MAR-Club 2002–RDPS)
  1. ^ Run within the United Democratic Forces coalition.

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