KINSHASA, Congo — Congo’s president has appointed a new prime minister, further strengthening his control of the government over which his predecessor veteran to preserve substantial impression.
President Felix Tshisekedi appointed the 43-twelve months-damaged-down Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde Kyenge to be the new prime minister on Monday. Lukonde had been head of the roar mining firm.
Lukonde succeeds Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, who resigned on Jan. 28 after a no-self assurance vote in the parliament. Ilunkamba changed into a end ally of damaged-down president Joseph Kabila, the strongman who ruled the impoverished Central African nation for 18 years.
The appointment of a new prime minister brings an ally into Tshisekedi’s government, which ought to abet him set up a extra trusty Cupboard.
In 2015 Lukonde changed into the Cupboard minister of formative years and sport for nine months, and later was the director-neatly-liked of Gecamines, the roar-owned mining massive. He’s an engineer by training and changed into a member of the Device forward for Congo political celebration.
Tshisekedi received the 2019 election no subject widespread allegations of comely-scale fraud by Kabila to preserve his celebration in energy. Tshisekedi was president, but Kabila’s celebration firstly retained control of the legislature. Tshisekedi dissolved the coalition gradual closing twelve months and has mustered ample enhance to sideline Kabila’s celebration.
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