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Democratic Republic of Congo Prime Minister Judith Suminwa hands over her action plan to Parliament officials in Kinshasa on June 8, 2024. (Photo courtesy Judith Suminwa / X)

DR Congo readies for new government after PM submits action plan to Parliament

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The Democratic Republic of Congo is readying itself for the establishment of a government more than two months after President Felix Tshisekedi appointed Judith Suminwa as Prime Minister.

Suminwa, the first female to hold the position, handed over her action plan to the country’s National Assembly on Saturday ahead of the expected inauguration of her cabinet.

The action plan outlined the incoming government priorities, which the prime minister said would include improving the economy and rally job creation.

“There is a particular need to create more jobs, improve the purchasing power of the Congolese population, improve national infrastructure such as roads, waterways, airways, railways, etc,” Suminwa said.

Suminwa unveiled her 54-member government on May 28, consisting six deputy prime ministers, 10 ministers of state, 24 ministers, four deputy ministers and ten vice ministers.

Notably, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Jean-Pierre Bemba, has been moved to the Transport Ministry. The Defence docket will be under Guy Mwadiamvita, a close associate of President Tshisekedi.

According to local Radio Okapi, Suminwa’s action plan will be submitted for debate in the plenary on Tuesday, June 11, after which the inauguration of the new government will be held.

The inauguration of the new government is expected to attract little opposition, as ruling party and allied factions enjoy a majority in Parliament.

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