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DR Congo Appoints First Female Prime Minister

DR Congo Appoints First Female Prime Minister
President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has appointed Judith Suminwa Tuluka as the country’s first female prime minister, fulfilling a campaign promise and marking a significant step towards gender equality in Congolese politics.

Gatekeepers News reports that Judith Suminwa Tuluka, a former Planning Minister, assumes her new role at a critical juncture for the nation, particularly in the strife-torn eastern region.

The area, rich in minerals and resources, has been plagued by relentless violence, leading to the displacement of millions of civilians and earning the dubious distinction of being one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

In her inaugural speech, Prime Minister Tuluka pledged to prioritize peace and development efforts, particularly in the conflict-ridden eastern provinces and expressed deep concern for the plight of those affected by the ongoing violence.

However, her appointment comes amidst the arduous task of forming a new government, a process expected to involve extensive negotiations with various political factions.

The situation in eastern Congo remains dire, with numerous armed groups vying for control and perpetuating a cycle of violence and instability.

President Tshisekedi has reiterated his commitment to addressing the root causes of the violence and has accused neighbouring Rwanda of backing rebel groups operating in eastern Congo, allegations vehemently denied by Rwandan authorities.

The United States has called for restraint from both Congo and Rwanda, urging diplomatic dialogue to prevent further escalation of tensions.

Additionally, the U.S. State Department has emphasized the importance of regional cooperation and the withdrawal of foreign troops from Congolese territory.

As Prime Minister Tuluka assumes her new role, she faces the formidable task of steering the nation towards stability and prosperity amidst daunting challenges.

Her appointment represents a historic milestone in Congolese politics and underscores the importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment in national leadership.

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