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GABON OPPOSITION LEADER BECOMES VICE-PRESIDENT

August 23, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

Pierre-Claver Maganga Moussavou





Pierre-Claver Maganga Moussavou, Gabon's newly named vice-president, is one of two opposition politicians who have been appointed to key government positions.

The other, René Ndemezo'o Obiang, becomes president of Gabon's economic and social council (CES). He was previously the campaign chief for presidential challenger Jean Ping in the disputed 2016 elections.

The two appointees took part in reconciliation talks earlier this year with President Ali Bongo Ondimba's governing Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG).

In so doing, Mr Ndemezo'o Obiang defied the wishes of his candidate Jean Ping who boycotted the process, maintaining his claim that he won the 2016 presidential poll.

Mr Maganga Moussavou, who leads the Social Democratic Party (PDS), previously served as a minister under the late president Omar Bongo Odimba.

His son, Biendi Maganga Moussavou, remains in his post as the minister for small and medium enterprises (PME).

Gabon has been waiting for a new government to be formed since May.

The majority PDG and the opposition are expected to approve a series of political reforms.



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