Gabon President Ali Bongo on Thursday July 16, promoted his defence minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda to prime minister, making her the primary woman within the country to carry the office of Prime Minister.
Her appointment was announced by the Secretary-General of the Presidency, Jean-Yves Teal.
Ossouka Raponda, 56, who has served as defence minister since February 2019,
is the sixth prime minister appointed since Bongo succeeded his father in 2009.
consistent with reports, her first job is to make a replacement government after her predecessor, Julien Nkoghe Bekale stepped down earlier within the day. she is going to also combat two major challenges: declining boring and costs , which have weighed on growth in recent years, and therefore the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ossouka Raponda, who features 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 primary woman to carry that position.
She also served as Director-General of the Economy also as Deputy Director-General, the Housing Bank of Gabon.