New prime minister reshuffles government
LIBREVILLE | Gabon’s new prime minister on Tuesday unveiled a drastically revamped government lineup, dropping several stalwarts, including late strongman Omar Bongo’s foreign minister and son-in-law.
According to presidency SecretaryGeneral Laure-olga Gondjout, the new government consists of 29 ministers, including Prime Minister Raymond Ndong Sima, who was named by President Ali Bongo Ondimba on Monday.
The presidency announced the appointment of the 56-year-old outgoing agriculture minister two months after Gabon’s ruling party swept to a landslide victory in December polls marred by fraud accusations and low turnout.
One of the most notable changes in the new lineup is the ouster of Paul Toungui as foreign minister. He had served in the government since 1990 and is the son-in-law of the president’s late father, Omar Bongo, who ruled the oil-rich West African former French colony from 1967 to 2009.