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Latest update : 2008-10-11

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila named Budget Minister Adolphe Muzito as prime minister on Friday, according to a presidential decree read out on state television. He will have to deal with renewed clashes in the east.

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila on Friday named a new prime minister to replace Antoine Gizenga, who resigned last month, national television reported.
   
"Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito is named," according to an order signed by Kabila and read on television.
   
Muzito, 51, served as budget minister under Gizenga and is a member of the DR Congo's third-largest party, the Unified Lumumbist Party (PALU), like his predecessor.
   
PALU reached a deal with Kabila in 2006 in which it pledged its support for him in the second round of the presidential election, leading to Gizenga's appointment as prime minister.
   
Gizenga, 83, resigned on September 25, saying he was no longer strong enough for the job.
   
Muzito, an economist from Bandundu in the country's southwest, will face immense challenges in his new post.
   
The country's east has seen renewed clashes between rebels and the army since late August, and 75 percent of the DR Congo's 60 million population lives on less than a dollar a day.
   
The economic struggles have continued despite the country's vast natural resources, including 34 percent of the world's known cobalt reserves and 10 percent of all copper.

Date created : 2008-10-10

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