Ossouka Raponda Becomes Gabon’s First Woman Prime Minister

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The president of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, appointed the country’s first woman prime minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda.

Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda has been appointed as the first woman prime minister of Gabon. She is the 12th PM of the country and succeeds Julien Nkoghe Bekale.

Raponda was promoted from her role as defence minister and takes over from Julien Nkoghe Bekale, who has held the role since January 2019. Bekale stepped down from his role earlier in the day.

Raponda get degree for Economics from the Gabonese Institute of Economy and Finance.

In 2012, she first became budget minister and then the first female mayor of the capital Libreville in 2014, as a candidate for Bongo’s Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG).