Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba was one of the last remaining bulwarks of the pro-Joseph Kabila majority in the national assembly.
He had been serving as President Félix Tshisekedi’s prime minister since May 2019 but was removed from office on Wednesday 27 January after lawmakers voted him out through a motion of no confidence.
A total of 301 lawmakers signed the motion filed on 22 January by Chérubin Okende, an MP affiliated with opposition leader Moïse Katumbi’s Ensemble pour le Changement political platform.
Of the 382 MPs present at the opening of the session, 367 voted to oust the prime minister and his cabinet. Under the Democratic Republic of Congo’s constitution, Ilunga is required to submit his resignation and that of his cabinet within 24 hours of the vote to President Tshisekedi.
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