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Gabon: Rose Christian Ossouka Raponda named first-ever female VP

Rose Christian Ossouka Raponda, Gabon's new VP and former PM, in her office in Libreville during an interview with AFP on March 26, 2021.   -  
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Gabon’s president Ali Bongo Odimba named Monday (Jan. 09) the country’s first female vice-president.

Rose Christian Ossouka Raponda served until this nomination as Prime Minister.

The 59-year-old is a former mayor of the capital Libreville and Minister of Defence. 

She fills an office that has been vacant since 2019 making history for a second time. Indeed, in July 2020, she became the country’s first female Prime Minister.

The VP’s role is to "assist" the head of state and the person serving as vice-president has no interim role in the event of a power vacuum.

Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze is now the new Premier.

The president named a politician who has since 2006, held several ministerial portfolios. He's now tasked with forming a new government.

Gabon is one of the African countries gearing up towards presidential elections this year.

In August millions of voters will head to the polls.

The ruling party, the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) held a congress late last year with calls for the Head of State to seek a 3rd term.

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