DR Congo parliament votes out pro-Kabila PM

During a parliamentary plenary session held in Kinshasa on Wednesday evening, lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) dismissed Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba.

The dismissal came after the majority of the legislators gave the Premier a no-confidence vote alleging his inability to manage the government.

A motion of censure against Ilunga Ilunkamba and his government was supported by the National Assembly by 367 votes to seven.

Parliamentary censure, under the constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo, allows the prime minister to step down within 24 hours.

Under the constitution and internal laws of parliament, the Prime Minister boycotted the session, finding it unconstitutional.

The meeting was also boycotted by Mps, a pro-Kabila party, who also stressed that the parliamentary session had no authority to coordinate the constitutional vote.

President Félix Tshisekedi and his two new partners have yet to agree on the naming of a number of heads of major institutions following the termination of the coalition between him and former President Joseph Kabila. The role of prime minister and the leadership of the office of the National Assembly are in dispute.

Tshisekedi, who took office in January 2019, was disappointed by a coalition government with the allies of Kabila, who in the same election secured parliamentary majorities.

President Tshisekedi would be able to appoint a cabinet of his preference by controlling a majority in Parliament, after two years in which Kabila’s allies controlled the main ministries.

Tshisekedi now hopes to shape a new parliamentary majority by winning over Kabila’s coalition members.

Educator, writer and legal researcher at Alafarika for Studies and Consultancy.

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