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President Ali Bongo names New Prime Minister after failed coup d’état

12.01.2019
Article from AFRIC Editorial
A new Prime Minister has emerged in Gabon after a failed tactical move to overthrow president Ali Bongo Ondimba.
Gabonese today hail the appointment of the new Prime Minister after an attempted coup d’état to cut short the leadership of ailing president Ali Bongo Ondimba. Using his prerogatives as the incumbent of the Central African Republic, Ali Bongo On January 12, 2019, appointed Julien Nkoghe Bekale as the new PM of Gabon.

WHO IS JULIEN NKOGHE BEKALE?

The 57-year-old Nkoghe Bekale is a renowned Gabonese politician and a close associate of President Ali Bongo.  He hails from the Estuary province of Gabon. Prior to his appointment as head of government, the political figure Julien Nkoghe Bekale was the Minister of Labour and employment. However, this is not the first position for the new PM, he was named oil minister during the first seven years of serving leader Ali Bongo.

TASK

In his  capacity  as the new PM of the Gabon, Mr. Bekale has a heavy task of forming a new government in the coming days to ensure the smooth running of the nation in the absence of President Ali Bongo( President Bongo is currently in Morocco, where he is seeking medical attention. He has been out of the country since October 2018 as a result of a protracted illness)

 CHALLENGES

A major challenge of the New PM will be to organise delayed legislative elections across the country. Gabon’s constitutional court had ordered the resignation of the then PM over failure to organise legislative elections. According to a political analyst who spoke on condition of anonymity, the major challenge of the new PM and his government will be to contain the defiant opposition and to get to the root cause of a failed coup d’état in the country.  It is worth pointing out that opposition in Gabon is yet to accept the legitimacy of President Ali Bongo over claims that the main opposition leader and former AU Chief Jean Ping won the 2016 elections. The opposition, however, denied having links to the attempted January 7, 2019, coup in the country.

Coup recap

History was made in Gabon on January 7 2019, after a group of young military officials took hold seized control over Gabon’s broadcaster in an attempt to end the reigns of President Ali Bongo The coup attempt was however contained and officers involved apprehended. President Bongo’s New Year appearance left doubts in the minds of Gabonese who questioned the capability of the ailing leader to meet up with the demands of being a President.

Article from AFRIC Editorial

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