#Gabon:Julien Nkoghe Bekale Appointed Prime Minister and Faustin Boukoubi Elected President of the National Assembly

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Faustin Boukoubi was elected Friday president of the National Assembly of Gabon. A few minutes after the establishment of this new Assembly, Ali Bongo Ondimba also appointed a new Prime Minister, Julien Nkoghe Bekale.

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The name of the new Prime Minister was announced on the night of Friday 11th to Saturday 12th January. “By decree of the President of the Republic is appointed head of government Mr. Julien Nkoghe Bekale,” announced the Secretary General of the Gabonese Presidency, Jean-Yves Teale, in a video broadcast on the national media.

The former Prime Minister, Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet, becomes “mediator of the Republic,” added Jean-Yves Teale.

Julien Nkoghe Bekale was several times minister under the presidency of Ali Bongo: Work but also Small and Medium enterprises. He was also minister under the presidency of Omar Bongo Ondimba.

A new government is expected soon with a smaller number of ministers.

New National Assembly
Faustin Boukoubi, the new president of the National Assembly, is also a cacique of the ruling party . Aged 65, this former secretary general of the Gabonese Democratic Party (CEO) succeeds Richard Auguste Onouviet, whose mandate ended on April 30, 2018. An influential deputy, several times minister under Omar Bongo Ondimba, he was brought into power. 2008 at the party’s general secretariat.

Held away from the presidential campaign of 2016 by part of the entourage of President Ali Bongo, he resigned on August 10, 2017. While it was believed definitively broke with the majority, it reappeared in December 2017 at the CEO’s congress, after which Ali Bongo entrusted him with the presidency of the Advisory Council of Elders.

These changes occur in a context where the president is still recovering in Morocco , and while the country knew Monday, January 7 an attempted coup . On 30 April 2018, the mandate of the deputies had not been renewed by the Constitutional Court, which had already extended it twice.

On the other hand, there are other people close to Ali Bongo Ondimba who have been admitted to the bureau of the Chamber. Thus, his daughter Malika Bongo Ondimba, elected in Bongoville (Haut Ogooué) and now second secretary of the office.

As for the new Questeur, Hervé Patrick Opiangah, MP for Mounana, he is the nephew of his first wife, Annick Aubierge Lafitte Mouvagha, and is part of the first circle of the head of state.

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