Gabon: Junta appoints new Prime Minister

Gabon: Junta appoints new Prime Minister

Gabon’s military rulers yesterday appointed Raymond Ndong Sima, a prominent opponent to ousted president Ali Bongo Ondimba, as interim prime minister following the country’s coup on August 30, state TV announced.

Ndong Sima, a 68-year-old economist, served as prime minister under Bongo from 2012 to 2014 before becoming a critic and eventually challenging him in elections in 2016 and 2023.

His appointment was made in a decree by the new leader General Brice Oligui Nguema, who was sworn in as interim president after the coup.

In his inauguration speech, Oligui vowed to hold “free, transparent and credible elections” to restore civilian rule, although he did not give a timeframe.

He also said he would shortly announce an inclusive transitional government drawing on figures from across the political spectrum.

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