President of Gabon Ali Bongo on Thursday appointed Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda as the country's first-ever female prime minister, the Secretary-General of the Presidency of the Republic Yves Teale confirmed.
Ossouka Raponda, 56, replaced Julien Nkoghe Bekale, who has been in office since January 2019.
Since February 2019, Ossouka Raponda served as the defense minister. She was also the first woman mayor of the capital Libreville elected back in 2014.
Teale said Bongo has instructed Ossouka Raponda to form a new government.
Her appointment comes at a time when Gabon is facing a health crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, coupled with an economic crisis linked to drops in oil prices, one of the main resources in the Central African country.