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Congo President Fires 11 Cabinet Ministers


Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila has fired 11 cabinet ministers, including six who were named in a corruption probe.

State media reported the changes late Monday by Mr. Kabila, who is on a rare visit to the eastern city of Kisangani.

The shake-up includes the ministers of transport, mines, energy, higher education, foreign trade and public works.

In November, the six officials were suspended in the wake of a government report accusing them of possible embezzlement and misuse of state resources.

Also included in Monday's cabinet reshuffle were the ministers of defense, economy, health, social affairs and labor.

President Kabila's cabinet includes officials from former rebel groups and other rivals in the nation's five-year war. The transitional government was set up as part of a 2003 peace deal.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AFP and AP.

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