Suminwa Tuluka is DR Congo's first woman prime minister

DR Congo
Suminwa Tuluka is DR Congo's first woman prime minister
New DR Congo PM Judith Suminwa Tuluka

BBC | The President of DR Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, has appointed a former minister as the country's first ever female prime minister.

Judith Suminwa Tuluka, a former planning minister, replaces Sama Lukonde who resigned in February.

"I know that the task is great and the challenges [are] immense, but with the support of the president and that of everyone, we will get there," Ms Tuluka said at a press conference on Monday after her appointment.

Her appointment follows a lengthy search for a majority coalition in the National Assembly - a key step before a prime minister could be named and a government formed.

The ruling Union for Democracy and Social Progress party secured the majority position beating the other 44 parties.

Ms Tuluka is expected to name a new cabinet in the coming weeks.

The prime minister heads the government, which is also composed of ministers and deputy ministers.

Reader's Comments

LATEST STORIES

Katikkiro Mayiga welcomes new county chiefs
news By Salmah Namwanje
2 hours ago
Katikkiro Mayiga welcomes new county chiefs
Abubaker Omboko: Museveni mourns Kakira sugarcane out-grower
editor's-choice By Jacobs Seaman Odongo
5 hours ago
Abubaker Omboko: Museveni mourns Kakira sugarcane out-grower
Kenyan CDF feared dead in helicopter crash
news By Kenneth Kazibwe
6 hours ago
Kenyan CDF feared dead in helicopter crash