Gabon appoints first female Prime Minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda

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President of Gabon, Ali Bongo has promoted his defence minister Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda to prime minister, making her the first woman in the country to hold the office.

This was according to a statement by the Secretary-General of the Presidency, Jean-Yves Teal.

Ossouka Raponda, 56, has served as defence minister since February 2019. She is the sixth prime minister appointed since Bongo succeeded his father in 2009.

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