In Cabinet Reshuffle,Gabon Names First Woman as Prime Minister

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Gabonese President Ali Bongo for the first time named a woman as prime minister in the country’s latest cabinet reshuffle.

Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, who was defense minister, will name a cabinet in the coming days, a presidency statement said Thursday.

This will be the fourth shakeup since an attempted coup in January 2019, which occurred while Bongo, 61, was in Saudi Arabia recovering from a stroke. Bongo has ruled the oil-producing nation since winning 2009 elections held months following his father’s demise. Omar Bongo died in office after 41 years in power.

 

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