DR Congo: Kabila appoints new PM

President Joseph Kabila has appointed former finance minister Augustin Matata Ponyo as the country’s new prime minister.

DRC president Joseph Kabila (Picture: Helene C. Stikkel)

In a move designed to help stabilise the country’s ailing economy, Kabila’s promotion of respected economic expert Matata comes after months of political wrangling after DRC’s election process was heavily criticised.

DRC has been in deadlock over the disputed poll results for months, causing a temporary interim administration to take control of the government after Mr Kabila was re-elected.

Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi disputed the election results, even declaring himself president after polls closed.

In his time as finance minister Mr Matata was praised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for helping to stabilise DRC’s economy. One of his notable achievements in office was the agreement of a $12bn debt reduction deal with DRC’s international creditors.

Mr Matata’s  immediate priority will be the drafting of a new national budget. DR Congo is ranked the world’s least developed state by the United Nations.

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