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DR Congo names first female prime minister

DR Congo names first female prime minister

President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) made history on Monday by appointing Judith Suminwa Tuluka as the nation’s first female prime minister. This decision, fulfilling a campaign pledge by President Tshisekedi, signifies a significant advancement towards gender equality in Congolese politics.

Judith Suminwa Tuluka, a former planning minister, assumes her new position at a critical time for the nation, particularly in the conflict-ridden eastern region. This area, abundant in minerals and resources, has long been marred by persistent violence, resulting in the displacement of millions of civilians and earning the unfortunate distinction of being one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

In her inaugural address broadcasted on state television, Prime Minister Tuluka vowed to prioritize peace and development initiatives, especially in the conflict-affected eastern provinces. She expressed deep concern for those affected by the ongoing violence and reaffirmed her dedication to finding lasting solutions to the crisis.

However, Prime Minister Tuluka’s appointment coincides with the challenging task of forming a new government, a process expected to involve extensive negotiations with various political factions. Despite the hurdles ahead, her appointment marks a significant breakthrough in Congolese politics, offering optimism for increased inclusivity and representation in governance.

The situation in eastern Congo remains dire, with numerous armed groups vying for control, perpetuating a cycle of violence and instability. Efforts by both local and international peacekeeping missions have struggled to contain the conflict, exacerbating the suffering of the civilian population.

President Tshisekedi, who secured reelection for a second term in December, has reiterated his commitment to addressing the underlying causes of the violence. He has accused neighboring Rwanda of supporting rebel groups operating in eastern Congo, allegations vehemently denied by Rwandan authorities.

The United States has called for restraint from both Congo and Rwanda, advocating for diplomatic dialogue to prevent further escalation of tensions. Additionally, the U.S. State Department has stressed the importance of regional cooperation and the withdrawal of foreign troops from Congolese territory.

As Prime Minister Tuluka assumes her new responsibilities, she confronts the formidable challenge of guiding the nation towards stability and prosperity amidst daunting obstacles. Her appointment signifies a historic milestone in Congolese politics, hi

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