Gabonese PM forms new gov't

Gabonese Prime Minister Jean Eyeghe Ndong named a new government team comprising 50 ministers on national television on Thursday evening.

The 50 ministers include the prime minister himself, five deputy prime ministers, 10 ministers of state, 19 ministers and 15 junior ministers.

There are no major changes in the new government announced and almost all the former members of the government have been reinstated. Some were just transferred to new positions.

Former deputy prime minister and transport and civil aviation minister, Paul Mba Abessole, remains deputy prime minister, but changes ministerial position. He becomes a minister of state in the office of president.

Former foreign minister Jean Ping becomes deputy prime minister.

There are five new members in the government and a total of 13 women in the new government compared with 12 in the former government.

Before forming the new government, the prime minister of the former government, Jean Eyeghe Ndong, had on Jan.19 submitted his government's resignation to President Omar Bongo Ondimba who accepted it and then reinstated him as prime minister.

According to article 34 of Gabon's Constitution, "government operations cease with the swearing-in of the president of the Republic, and with the announcement of the official results of the legislative elections by the Constitutional Court."

Legislative elections in the country were held on Dec. 17 to 24, 2006. The official results were announced by the Constitutional Court on Dec. 27, 2006. The president's camp won a large majority in legislative elections.

Source: Xinhua



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