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Gabonese await appointment of new PM

(Xinhua)

11:20, February 16, 2012

LIBREVILLE, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Gabonese people are impatiently awaiting the appointment of a new prime minister after Paul Biyoghe Mba resigned on Monday night together with members of his government in accordance with the Central African country's constitution.

The subject is the most discussed matter in the public arena and even the media is full of stories on this topic.

"Who will take over the prime minister's office?" was the headline of "L'Union", one of the biggest daily newspapers published in the country.

In its analysis, the newspaper noted that President Ali Bongo Ondimba may use his powers to reappoint the outgoing premier to this post.

"This meets the requirement that the prime minister should come from Estuaire province (whose capital is Libreville), and should especially come from the Fang community," the newspaper added.

Biyoghe Mba meets these requirements, which were established during the regime of the late president, Omar Bongo Ondimba from 1967 to 2009.

It is a rotational policy where senior government positions are redistributed to the country's provinces and among the 56 ethnic groups.

This policy was adopted to help maintain balance between provinces and ethnic groups at the helm of the country's leadership.

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