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Congo President Names Mining Company CEO as Prime Minister

  • Tshisekedi ally Sama Lukonde Kyenge heads copper-cobalt miner
  • President’s pick solidifies break from former ruler Kabila
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Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi named mining executive and ally Sama Lukonde Kyenge as prime minister of the world’s biggest cobalt producer.

The appointment entrenches the president’s break with predecessor Joseph Kabila, whose allies Tshisekedi has accused of blocking his political and economic reform program. It’s likely to result in the overhaul of the central African nation’s cabinet in the coming weeks.