- Rose Raponda is not only named the newest prime minister in Africa, she has also taken an oath of office
- This is the first time in the history of Gabon that a woman would take such enviable leadership position
- It is learnt that the new prime minister earlier held a position as the director-general of the economy the African country
Rose Raponda has become the newest prime minister in Africa as she was, on Thursday, July 16, appointed as a leader in Gabon in accordance with a presidential decree.
The decree was reportedly read by the secretary-general of the presidency, Jean-Yves Teal.
With the appointment, Raponda has become the first woman in the country to hold the office of as she succeeded Julien Bekale.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on February 12, 2019, Raponda was appointed Defence minister by President Ali Bongo Ondimba, after a failed coup in January that year.
Before she became the prime minister, she had steadily grown in the service to her country as she was director-general of the economy of the country as well as deputy director-general of the nation's Housing Bank.
On November 23, 2019, she was also elected in Marrakech as president of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa).
The UCLG is said to be the umbrella organisation of African local governments and was founded in 2005 in South Africa.
The female leader also served as the country’s budget minister between February 2012 and January 2014, according to the report.
Raponda, it was learnt, was elected Mayor of the capital city, Libreville, where she represented the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party, on January 26, 2014, and she served in that capacity until 2019.
Legit.ng earlier reported how the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the United States recently named Erika James as the first-ever female dean in the establishment in its 139-year history.
This is the first time in the history of the school that a woman has become the dean of the private Ivy League university.
Legit.ng gathered that the leadership of the school unanimously supported the decision to appoint Erika James as the first black female dean of the university.