Gabonese President Ali Bongo appointed Rose Christiane Ossouka Prime Minister of the country on Thursday. She is the first woman to hold an office in the history of the African country.
“On the decree of today’s President of the Republic, she was named Prime Minister and Prime Minister Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda,” said a presidency spokesman, adding that Bongo had hired him to form the new executive.
The 56-year-old Ossouka was mayor of the capital Libreville and has been defense minister since February 2019 after a coup attempt against the president. He will replace Julien Nkoghe Bekale, who has been prime minister for 18 months.
Ossouka’s appointment is in the midst of new speculation about Bongo’s state of health, which has not been seen at public events for weeks.