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Government resigns after Constitutional Court ruling

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Gabon's government led by Prime Minister Jean Eyeghe Ndong has resigned in line with a Constitutional Court ruling following the death, last week, of president Omar Bongo Ondimba (pictured).

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AFP - Gabon's government led by Prime Minister Jean Eyeghe Ndong resigned Friday in line with a Constitutional Court ruling following the death of president Omar Bongo Ondimba, an official told AFP.

"The prime minister has presented his resignation and that of his governnment to the president," Ndong's spokesman Max-Olivier Obame told AFP.

According to the constitutional court, the government's functions ceased once the interim president had been sworn in, but Ndong and his cabinet remained operational to oversee the country during the funeral.

The equatorial African country is being ruled by Rose Francine Rogombe, the Senate speaker who was sworn in on June 10, two days after Bongo's death was announced, with a brief to prepare for presidential elections.

The country's late president Omar Bongo Ondimba was buried Thursday in a traditional funeral at one of his luxurious palaces in Franceville, attended by thousands of people.

A state funeral on Tuesday in Libreville was attended by France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and rulers from a dozen other African nations.

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