Gabon appoints its first girl prime minister

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Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, has on Thursday appointed the nation’s first girl prime minister,


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The decree was reportedly learn by the secretary-general of the presidency, Jean-Yves Teal.

With the appointment, Raponda has change into the primary girl within the nation to carry the workplace.

The 56-year-old has been promoted from the defence ministry and takes over from Julien Nkoghe Bekale, who was appointed premier in January 2019.

In an announcement, the president’s workplace mentioned her mission will embrace “guaranteeing (Gabon‘s) financial relaunch and obligatory social assist within the mild of the world disaster linked to COVID-19″.

Oussouka Raponda is an economist by coaching who graduated from the Gabonese Institute of Economic system and Finance, specialising in public finance.

She turned funds minister in 2012 after which the primary feminine mayor of the capital Libreville in 2014, as a candidate for Bongo’s Gabonese Democratic Occasion (PDG).

Her new appointment comes at a time when opposition and civil society leaders are as soon as extra overtly questioning Bongo’s health to control after he suffered a stroke in October 2018.

He spent months overseas for therapy, and through this time the nation was rocked by an tried coup, in January 2019.

The putsch bid lasted solely a matter of hours, however was adopted by a reshuffle that put in Nkoghe Bekale as prime minister and Ossouka Raponda as defence minister.

A number of months later, the authorities launched an unlimited anti-corruption drive that led to the incarceration of Bongo’s right-hand man Brice Laccruche Alihanga and 20 associates, together with 4 former ministers.

Bongo was elected in 2009 after the dying of his father Omar who led the nation for 42 years.

The president reappeared within the media on Monday after a number of weeks of absence, pictured at a gathering of heads of the assorted branches of the armed forces and police.