Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

PERSPECTIVE

'Macron sees high earners as key to getting the French economy moving again'

Read more

IN THE PRESS

'Shut Up and Drive': Saudi's paradoxical stance after female activists arrested

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

$2.3bn for two million songs: Sony buys majority stake in EMI

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Burundi approves new constitution allowing president to extend time in power

Read more

THE DEBATE

Populist takeover: Italy approves unprecedented coalition

Read more

FOCUS

Young Nicaraguans lead protests against President Ortega

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Opera singer Lawrence Brownlee, Snow Patrol & Natalie Prass

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn: 'Either we export stability, or we import instability'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

From Italy to Cyprus via Hungary: A look back at key events in Europe

Read more

Africa

Re-appointed premier Mba retains 12 ministers for new cabinet

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-10-18

Gabon's re-appointed Prime Minister Paul Biyoghe Mba has retained 12 of his previous ministers to serve in his new streamlined cabinet.

AFP - Gabonese Prime Minister Paul Biyoghe Mba named on Saturday a new slimmed-down government of 30 ministers, including 12 from his previous cabinet.

The 53-year-old Mba was immediately reappointed Friday after Ali Bongo Ondimba, son of Gabon's late strong-arm leader, was sworn in as president nearly two months after his hotly disputed election victory.

The "contraction of posts is aimed primarily at efficiency," said Mba in announcing his cabinet, which shrinks from 44 ministers in his previous government, which was in office for three months.

Paul Toungui remains at the head of the foreign ministry, Jean-François Ndongou at the interior ministry, Julien Ngoghe Bekale at the mining, oil and hydrocarbons ministry and Blaise Louembe as the budget minister.

Angelique Ngoma was shifted from the family ministry to defence minister.

Most of the new ministers are little-known political figures.
 

Date created : 2009-10-18

COMMENT(S)