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Congo swears in new government after months of delay

The Democratic Republic of Congo swore in Judith Suminwa Tuluka as prime minister on Tuesday (June 11), along with her downsized 54-member cabinet, ending over six months of delays following President Felix Tshisekedi’s re-election and his allies’ parliamentary dominance.

Tshisekedi won a second term in late 2023 after elections that handed his Sacred Union coalition around 95% of National Assembly seats. But internal wrangling over ministerial posts delayed the government’s formation.

The president eventually named Suminwa as Congo’s first female prime minister on April 1 and his ex-chief of staff Vital Kamerhe as parliament speaker on May 22, paving the way for the new cabinet’s appointment.

The new government comprises 54 ministers, a smaller-than-expected downsizing from 57 previously despite pressure to reduce costs. Tshisekedi’s communications director Erik Nyindu said the delays allowed time to find compromise between coalition parties.

(Reuters)

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