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Interim leader names new prime minister

Latest update : 2009-07-20

Interim president Rose Francine Rogombe named Paul Biyoghe Mba to replace Jean Eyeghe Ndong, who resigned as prime minister Friday and said he would contest the August 30 presidential election as an independent.

AFP - Gabon's interim leader named a new prime minister Friday, a source in the presidency said, after the previous head of government resigned and said he would contest August 30 presidential elections.
   

Interim president Rose Francine Rogombe "has named Paul Biyoghe Mba to replace Jean Eyeghe Ndong," a source in the presidency told AFP.
   
The source said that he would take "the necessary time to hold consultations before forming his government," without providing further details.
   
Biyoghe Mba, 53, was agriculture minister before being named head of government and is a member of the ruling Democratic Party. He has previously worked as deputy chief of staff in the president's office.
   
Eyeghe Ndong had earlier in the day told journalists of his resignation.
   
"I have resigned from my functions as prime minister," the 63-year-old said at his home in Libreville. He had led the government since January 2006.
   
The outgoing prime minister, who failed to win a nomination from his ruling Democratic Party, said he would contest the presidential election as an independent.
   
The West African country is currently being ruled by Senate speaker Rogombe, who was swiftly sworn in as interim president on June 10 to prevent a power vacuum in the oil-rich nation of some 1.5 million people.
   
The election was prompted by the death last month of Omar Bongo Ondimba, who had been Africa's longest-serving ruler, holding power for 41 years.
   
The Democratic Party is expected to give formal backing to Bongo's son, Ali Ben Bongo, as its candidate in a congress on Sunday.
   
Eight other politicians have announced an interest in running for president.
   
 

Date created : 2009-07-18

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