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DR CONGO: First Female Prime Minister Appointed

Judith Suminwa Tuluka has been appointed as DR Congo’s first female prime minister. This landmark decision was a campaign promise made by President Tshisekedi and marks a significant step towards gender equality in Congolese politics.

The former planning minister assumes her new role at a critical juncture for the nation, particularly in the strife-torn eastern region rich in minerals and resources but plagued by relentless violence, leading to the displacement of millions of civilians and earning the dubious distinction of being one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises according to the UN.

Addressing the nation in her inaugural speech aired on state television, Prime Minister Tuluka pledged to prioritize peace and development efforts, particularly in the conflict provinces. She expressed deep concern for the plight of those affected by the ongoing violence and reaffirmed her commitment to finding sustainable solutions to the crisis.

Prime Minister Tuluka’s appointment also comes amidst the arduous task of forming a new government, a process expected to involve extensive negotiations with various political factions. Despite the challenges ahead, her appointment symbolizes a significant breakthrough in Congolese politics and offers hope for greater inclusivity and representation in governance.

President Tshisekedi, who was re-election for a second term last December, has reiterated his commitment to addressing the root causes of the violence. He has accused neighbouring Rwanda of backing rebel groups operating in eastern Congo, allegations vehemently denied by Rwandan authorities.