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President of Congo appoints the first government since his election

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi has appointed a new government for the first time since he won elections in December.

A statement from Prime Minister Ilonga Ilonkampa said on Monday that the portfolio of mines had gone to Willy Samsoni, a former mining minister in the local government of Haut-Katanga province, while Selly Yalajuli was appointed finance minister.

Najui Mokena, a close ally of former President Joseph Kabila, was defense minister.

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