Saked Economy Minister Of The Democratic Republic Of Congo
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Democratic Republic of Congo Parliament Sack Minister Over Rising Prices

The economy minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo is set to leave office after he lost a no-confidence vote in parliament over the soaring cost of living.

Before the vote, Jean-Marie Kalumba had blamed hikes in the prices of oil, coal and cereals on the crisis in Ukraine.

He explained that the Democratic Republic of Congo imported 55% of its wheat from Russia and 15% from Ukraine.

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Imports had also been affected by the fact that sea-freight costs had risen by 700% in less than a year, he said.

But MPs were having none of it – and the majority voted for his removal less than a year since he took office.

Mr. Kalumba is the first member in President Félix Tshisekedi’s cabinet to be voted out by parliament.

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