DRC Appoints New Prime Minister

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President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo H.E. Félix Tshisekedi has appointed H.E. Sama Lukonde Kyenge as the country’s new prime minister.

Prior to his appointment as Prime Minister, H.E. Lukonde was the General Director of state-owned mining company Gécamines, which led the country’s mining flagship project, as well as served as former Minister of Sports.

The appointment serves to advance President Tshisekedi’s efforts to increase government revenues to support the expansion of social programs in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and hints at utilizing the country’s abundant natural and mineral wealth to do so.

H.E. Lukonde will replace outgoing Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, who was appointed as prime minister in May 2019.  

In his first statement as Prime Minister, H.E. Lukonde vowed to prioritize security in Eastern Congo and in his home province of Katanga.

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