Gabon appoints first woman prime minister amid government shake-up

Gabon appoints first woman prime minister amid government shake-up

- Rose Raponda is the newest prime minister in Africa and the country's women are celebrating

- This is the first time in the history of Gabon that a woman has been appointed to the position

- The new prime minister earlier held the position of director-general of the economy

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Rose Raponda has become the newest prime minister in Africa as she was appointed as a leader in Gabon in accordance with a presidential decree on 16 July. The decree was reportedly read by the secretary-general of the presidency, Jean-Yves Teal.

With the appointment, Raponda has become the first woman in the country to hold the office.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on February 12, 2019, Raponda was appointed defence minister by President Ali Bongo Ondimba after a failed coup in January that year.

Before she became the prime minister, she had steadily grown in the service to her country as she was director-general of the economy of the country as well as deputy director-general of the nation's Housing Bank.

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Rose Raponda is newest prime minister in Africa as she is sworn into office in Gabon

Rose Raponda is the new prime minister of Gabon Credit: Women Africa
Source: UGC

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On November 23, 2019, she was also elected in Marrakech as president of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa).

The UCLG is said to be the umbrella organisation of African local governments and was founded in 2005 in South Africa. She also served as the country’s budget minister between February 2012 and January 2014, according to the report.

Raponda was elected Mayor of the capital city, Libreville, where she represented the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party and she served in that capacity until 2019. previously reported that Jacinda Ardern's first term in office as prime minister of New Zealand has been characterised with some challenges including a major terrorist attack, a deadly volcanic eruption and a pandemic.

Prime Minister Ardern is the first prime minister to have dealt with such challenges. She faced all these challenges while nursing a baby as the politician gave birth to her first child in 2018.

Prime Minister Ardern, who assumed office in 2017, is serving as the 40th prime minister of New Zealand and she is the leader of the Labour Party. Despite all of the challenges she has faced, Ardern has come out more popular than when she was elected.

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