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Joseph Iléo

In office
5 September 1960 – 20 September 1960
Preceded by Patrice Lumumba
Succeeded by Albert Ndele
In office
9 February 1961 – 2 August 1961
Preceded by Justin Marie Bomboko
Succeeded by Cyrille Adoula

Born 15 September 1921(1921-09-15)
Died 19 September 1994 (aged 73)
Political party Mouvement National Congolais-Kalonji

Joseph Iléo (15 September 1921 - 19 September 1994), later called Sombo Amba Ileo,[1] was a politician in the Republic of the Congo and was prime minister for two periods.

Before independence

In 1956, he was one of the authors of Manifeste de la Conscience Africaine, which demanded the right of Africans to self-rule. In 1958, he was one of the founders of the Mouvement National Congolais. When the movement split a year later, he joined the camp led by Albert Kalonji.[2]

After independence

Iléo was voted into the Senate and then voted its president on June 1960. Upon the assassination of then-Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, Iléo was declared prime minister by Congolese president, Joseph Kasavubu, on 5 September 1960. He held the post until 20 September 1960.[3] Under his successor, Albert Ndele, he served as Minister of Information. He was again declared prime minister on 9 February 1961. He remained in this post until 2 August 1961.

From March to December 1979 Iléo served as President of the Legislative Council (national assembly).

In April 1990, he founded the PDSC, and was chairman of the party until his death in 1994.


  1. ^ "Democratic Republic of the Congo". Cartage. Retrieved 2008-05-24.  
  2. ^ "Zaire Chronology of Important Events". Country Studies Series. Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress. December 1993. Retrieved 2008-05-24.  
  3. ^ "USA/Africa: New Data on Murder of Lumumba". University of Pennsylvania - African Studies Center. 2002-08-01. Retrieved 2008-05-24.  
Preceded by
Patrice Lumumba
Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
5 September 1960 - 20 September 1960
Succeeded by
Albert Ndele
Preceded by
Justin Marie Bomboko
Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
9 February 1961 - 2 August 1961
Succeeded by
Cyrille Adoula


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