Congo President, PM name government for first time since December poll win

Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) who was announced as the winner of the presidential elections walks after meeting to his supporters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 10, 2019. REUTERSBaz Ratner

Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi and his prime minister named a new government for the first time since winning an election last December, a statement from Prime Minister Illunga Illunkamba’s office said on Monday.

The mining portfolio went to Willy Samsoni, a former mines minister in the local government of Haut Katanga province, while Democratic Republic of Congo’s former director-general of taxes Sele Yalaghuli was named finance minister.

Ngoy Mukena, a close ally of former president Joseph Kabila, was named Defence Minister.

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