Gabon's new PM to oversee implementation of new unity govt

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Gabonese President Ali Bongo. (Marco Longari, AFP)
Gabonese President Ali Bongo. (Marco Longari, AFP)

Libreville - Gabon President Ali Bongo has appointed his former minister of foreign affairs, Franck Emmanuel Issoze Ngondent as Prime Minister to lead a new unity government, BBC reports.

Ngondent was appointed three days after President Bongo took the oath of office to serve his second term as elected leader of the country after "controversially" winning the presidential elections.

The new prime minister was tasked with delivering on the president's electoral manifesto, with him also expected to address the country's many social issues such as the high youth unemployment rate and poor infrastructure.

His first task, however, was to oversee a smooth transition and implementation of the new unity government.

Opposition leader, Jean Ping meanwhile has steadfastly rejected Bongo's inauguration as president, raising fears of continued political conflict which has led to violent clashes throughout the country.

Bongo was sworn in on Tuesday after the country's top court validated his fiercely contested election win. His inauguration took his family's reign over the oil-rich country into a fifth decade.



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