The parliament of the Democratic Republic of Congo approved Sunday a new cabinet that takes over the urgent task of finding a way to bring peace in the country's strife-torn east. The cabinet headed by Prime Minister, Adolphe Muzito was approved by 294 lawmakers, with 67 voting against it while seven abstained, said parliament speaker Vital Kamerhe. "Consequently, the National Assembly approves the programme presented by Prime Minister, Adolphe Muzito and gives power to the government, which immediately takes over," he said. The new government was approved after two days of debate that focused on the conflict in the east of the country, where fighting between the military and rebel forces led by renegade General Laurent Nkunda resumed in August. President Joseph Kabila named Muzito as prime minister on October 10, replacing 83-year-old Antoine Gizenga, who resigned in September citing his old age.