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DR Congo president appoints country’s first female PM

Her appointment ends weeks of uncertainty

By REUTERS
April 02, 2024
Politician Judith Suminwa Tuluka. — X/@SuminwaJudith/File
Politician Judith Suminwa Tuluka. — X/@SuminwaJudith/File

KINSHASA: Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi on Monday appointed the country’s first ever female prime minister, naming planning minister Judith Suminwa to the role.

Her appointment ends weeks of uncertainty. Tshisekedi’s inauguration for a second term in January kickstarted a lengthy search for a majority coalition in the National Assembly - a key step before a prime minister could be named and a government formed.

“I am aware of the great responsibility ... We will work for peace and the development of the country,” Suminwa said on national television.