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Congo’s Kabila Names Opposition Member as New Prime Minister

  • Appointment is part of accord establishing interim government
  • Africa’s No. 1 copper producer was due to hold vote this month
Samy Badibanga

Samy Badibanga

Photographer: Junior D. Kannah/AFP via Getty Images
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Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila nominated an opposition politician as the copper-producing nation’s next prime minister, part of an accord to form an interim government that will run the country until elections in 2018.

Samy Badibanga’s appointment was announced in a presidential decree read 17 Nov. on state television. It follows the resignation of Prime Minister Matata Ponyo Mapon on Nov. 14 as part an October political agreement that allows Kabila to remain in power until delayed elections are held.