DRC: Prime Minister Continues Consultations to Form a Lean Government

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In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the composition of the new government is expected to be unveiled by the end of the month, as per the president’s desire. Prime Minister Judith Suminwa, in consultations initiated since the weekend of April 13-14, 2024, first met with the informant, Augustin Kabuya. She then engaged with the leadership of the Sacred Union, the ruling political platform, before expanding discussions this week to include other political figures.

During discussions with political forces, Judith Suminwa has, thus far emphasized the structure of the future government. It is expected, according to the political leaders she has met, to streamline the operations of institutions.

The head of the DRC government intends to significantly reduce the size of the government, which had 57 members in the previous legislature.

In her exchanges with political forces, she also discusses the profiles of prospective ministers.

According to sources in the presidency, FĂ©lix Tshisekedi demands experienced candidates with great integrity, and meeting criteria for gender diversity, youth, and regional representation.

Each political grouping is required to submit three candidates for each ministerial post allocated. On this matter, one of the interlocutors received by Judith Suminwa revealed that the Prime Minister requested political groupings to submit three candidates for each ministerial post allocated, with a 48-hour deadline to present their lists.

Former Minister of Planning, Judith Suminwa also emphasizes the need to respect the execution of the national budget, especially regarding the investment budget. She places the national development plan and the development program of the 145 territories at the core of her agenda, according to our sources.


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