DR Congo: parliament dismisses economy minister

DR Congo: parliament dismisses economy minister

Lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday voted to dismiss Economy Minister Jean-Marie Kalumba from his post.

The minister is blamed for the soaring price of basic goods and mismanagement of the fishing industry, among other issues.

Appointed to this post last year by President Félix Tshisekedi, the minister now has 48 hours to submit his resignation following the vote of no confidence.

The motion signed by lawmakers laid out a raft of complaints including lack of a policy to support local fishermen and frequent gas shortages driving up transport prices.

Recall that DR Congo’s former prime minister, Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, was also pushed out by a motion of no confidence in parliament last year.

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