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Congo president names veteran opposition politican as prime minister

Congo president names veteran opposition politican as prime minister

President Joseph Kabila has named a veteran opposition leader as prime minister tasked with organizing the country's first democratically elected government in decades.
Kabila tapped 81-year-old Antoine Gizenga, state radio reported Saturday. The move was expected after Gizenga threw his support behind Kabila this year in elections that replaced a national-unity government appointed after Congo's 1998-2002 civil war.
Gizenga, who will select the government ministers, was deputy to the vast West African nation's first leader, Patrice Lumumba, who was assassinated shortly after independence from Belgium in 1960.
Gizenga then headed up a rebel movement and later a political party and shadow government in exile during decades of dictatorial and corrupt rule that left mineral-rich Congo in tatters.
Kabila, who headed up the transitional government that was arranged under peace deals to end the war, was inaugurated as the freely selected leader Dec. 6.


Updated : 2021-02-28 09:32 GMT+08:00