Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde meets all week with delegations from Holy Union parties and political groups, but also civil society officials and socio-professional organizations. Consultations are held in the Government Hall. The goal is to form a new government team. The Prime Minister gives himself a week to conclude these consultations, but the task promises to be difficult.
With our special correspondent in Kinshasa, Sonia Rolley
Prime Minister Sama Lukonde has promised to reduce the size of the government. There were 65 ministers under Sylvestre Ilunga, it should be less than 45 ministers tomorrow.
Those around him point out that we will also have to reduce the standard of living of the institutions and that the government will set a good example.
The problem is that the Holy Union has 24 political groups with 391 deputies. It is undoubtedly the largest coalition in recent years, ranging from former members of Joseph Kabila to most of the edge of his opposition.
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All these groups do not want a minister, the prime minister’s side explains, while ensuring that there will be other options. This will undoubtedly be one of the messages conveyed during these consultations. The second message is that we will need to renew faces as much as possible, so there will likely be few renewals or return to business.
Within the groups, we are preparing for negotiations while fine-tuning the CVs, and first and foremost we are waiting to know the government’s new nomenclature and the key to distribution between the political forces.
The leaders of the groups with the most deputies point to the importance of securing this new government with a solid majority. Those who joined or fought alongside Felix Tshisekedi previously insisted on balancing arithmetic with political loyalty. But this weighting remains at the discretion of the head of state and his prime minister, the prime minister’s side explains.