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President Tshisekedi Appoints Sama Lukonde Kyenge As DR Congo’s New Prime Minister

The new Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sama Lukonde Kyenge. /Photo courtesy: DR Congo Presidency – Twitter.

 

The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi on Monday appointed Sama Lukonde Kyenge as the country’s new Prime Minister.

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Kyenge will replace Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba who resigned in January following a no-confidence vote in Parliament.

 

Ilunkamba was seen as an ally of former President Joseph Kabila.

 

His ouster followed President Tshisekedi’s decision to end a power-sharing agreement between his party and that of the former president, months of tensions between the two camps.

 

“The Head of State, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi has just appointed Mr. Sama Lukonde Kyenge as Prime Minister in order to lead the next Government of the Sacred Union of the Nation,” said a statement from the Presidency.

 

43-year-old Kyenge has served in various government roles before, including as National Deputy, Minister of Youth and Sports, and more recently Director General of Gécamines, a commodity trading and mining company headquartered in Lubumbashi.

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