Felix Tshisekedi and Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba - Democratic Republic of Congo

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Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi has named Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba as prime minister, his spokesman said in a statement on national television on Monday.

Ilukamba was previously the head of Congo’s national railway company, known as the SNCC. He was also Finance minister under former President Mobutu Sese Seko.

This appointment came just hours after the resignation of Bruno Tshibala, who has been in office since April 2017.

The announcement was made by Kasongo Mwema Yamba Yamba, the spokesman for President Tshisekedi.

Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba was until now the Director General of the National Railway Company (SNCC).

According to the spokesman of the head of state, the former finance minister under Mobutu Sese Seko was appointed under a political agreement with Joseph Kabila.

Since his inauguration last January 24, President Tshisekedi was expected for the appointment of a new head of government.

Many observers felt that President Tshisekedi was at the head of a country he was not governing in reality.

Joseph Kabila, his predecessor, holds the parliamentary majority and his party retains almost all levers of power.

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