DR Congo Announces New Government Formation Led by First Female Prime Minister Amid Political Delays

After months of anticipation, the Democratic Republic of Congo has announced its new government leadership, led by the nation’s first female Prime Minister, Judith Sumina. With a slight reduction in the number of ministers from 57 to 54, the new cabinet sees key allies of President Felix Tshisekedi assuming critical positions. The formation of this cabinet comes amidst high expectations from the public, particularly regarding improvements in purchasing power and access to basic necessities, against the backdrop of an ailing economy and ongoing conflict in eastern Congo.

  • The Democratic Republic of Congo has introduced its new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Judith Sumina, the country’s first female prime minister.
  • The new cabinet consists of 54 ministers, a slight decrease from the previous 57, despite initial promises for a more significant reduction.
  • Close allies of President Felix Tshisekedi have been appointed to key positions, including Jac Ma Shabani as Interior Minister and a close ally as Minister of Defense, with the former Defense Minister Jean-Pierre Bemba assuming the Transport portfolio.
  • There are high expectations for the new government to address issues related to purchasing power and access to basic social needs amid surging food prices.
  • The cabinet is described as a balanced team that aims to please various factions, despite concerns regarding its size.
  • A surprise appointment in the new government is the nomination of a previously obscure opposition figure, K Mut, as Justice Minister.
  • The National Assembly has a deadline until June 15th to approve the new cabinet.
  • The ministers will face significant challenges, including resolving conflict in eastern Congo and revitalizing the country’s struggling economy.

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