Gabon appoints First Female prime minister
Thursday 16, July 2020 announced a new dawn for Gabon as the President, Ali Bongo promoted his defence minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda to prime minister, making her the first woman in the country to hold the office of Prime Minister.
Ossouka Raponda, who has a degree in Economics (Public Finance) from the Gabonese Institute of Economy and Finance was named budget minister eight years ago before being elected mayor of the capital Libreville in 2014, becoming the first woman to hold that position, later as the country’s Defense Minister from February 2019 to July 2020.She also served as Director-General of the Economy as well as Deputy Director-General, the Housing Bank of Gabon.
According to reports, her first job is to form a new government after her predecessor, Julien Nkoghe Bekale stepped down earlier in the day. She will also take on two major challenges: declining oil production and prices, which have weighed on growth in recent years, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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