DR Congo To Have Its First Female Prime Minister

DR Congo To Have Its First Female Prime Minister

On Monday, President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) appointed Judith Suminwa Tuluka as the country’s first female prime minister, marking a historic moment in Congolese politics. President Tshisekedi made a promise during his campaign, and the announcement represents a significant advancement in gender equality under the country’s leadership.

Former planning minister Judith Suminwa Tuluka steps into her new role at a crucial time for the nation, particularly in the conflict-ridden eastern region. Rich in minerals and resources, this region has been plagued by ongoing conflicts, which have caused millions of people to be displaced and are considered one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world.

In her inaugural address on state television, PM Tuluka pledged to prioritise peace and development efforts, particularly in the troubled eastern provinces. She expressed deep concern for those affected by the ongoing violence and affirmed her commitment to seeking sustainable solutions.

However, her appointment coincides with the challenging task of forming a new government, requiring extensive negotiations with various political factions. Despite the hurdles, her appointment symbolises a breakthrough in Congolese politics, offering prospects for greater inclusivity and representation in governance.