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DR Congo president Tshisekendi finally names Prime Minister

President Felix Tshisekedi (L) has named Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba (R) as the new prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). (PHOTO/Agencies)

KINSHASHA – DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has named Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba as the new prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The announcement of Mr Ilukamba as Prime Minister was made on Monday, May 20, by presidential spokesperson Kasongo Mwema Yambayamba, who said Mr Ilukamba was appointed under a political agreement between Tshisekedi and his predecessor, Joseph Kabila.

Ilukamba was previously the head of the DRC’s national railway company.

He also served as finance minister under former President Mobutu Sese Seko, who for more than three decades headed a corrupt and dysfunctional administration.

Mr. Tshisekedi beat Kabila’s hand-picked candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary and rival opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, among others, in the presidential ballot.

Fayulu came in a close second but rejected the result and accused Tshisekedi of making a secret deal with Kabila to deprive him of victory. Tshisekedi and Kabila denied there was a deal.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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