Gabon Names Vice-president and New Prime Minister

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The President of Gabon, Ali Bongo on Monday appointed the country’s first female Prime Minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda to the role of vice-president and named a new PM to replace her.

Ossouka Raponda, 59, was appointed in July 2020 after her predecessor stepped down. She was defence minister before then.

Former minister Alain-Claude Bilie By Nze will replace Ossouka Raponda and form a new government, Bongo’s secretary general Jean-Yves Teale said in a video statement posted on the presidency’s Twitter account.

Ossouka Raponda was named budget minister in 2012 before being elected mayor of the capital Libreville in 2014, becoming the first woman to hold that position since 1956.