Rose Christiane Raponda

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Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda
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Raponda in 2015
12th Prime Minister of Gabon
Assumed office
16 July 2020
PresidentAli Bongo Ondimba
Preceded byJulien Nkoghe Bekale
Defense Minister of Gabon
In office
12 February 2019 – 16 July 2020
Preceded byÉtienne Massard Kabinda Makaga
Mayor of Libreville
In office
26 January 2014 – 12 February 2019
Personal details
Born1964 (age 57–58)
Libreville, Gabon
Political partyGabonese Democratic Party

Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda (born 1964) is a Gabonese politician who is serving as Prime Minister of Gabon since 16 July 2020, making her the first female prime minister of the country.[1] She previously served as the Mayor of Libreville and later as the country's Defense Minister from February 2019 to July 2020.


Raponda was born in 1964 in Libreville.[2] Raponda is a member of the Mpongwe people.[3] Raponda received a degree in economics and public finance from the Gabonese Institute of Economy and Finance.[4]


Raponda worked as Director General of the Economy and Deputy Director General the Housing Bank of Gabon.[4] She served as minister of budget and public finance from February 2012 until January 2014.[4][5] Raponda was elected Mayor of the capital city Libreville on 26 January 2014, representing the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party.[3] She was the first woman to hold the position since 1956 and she served until 2019.[6][7] She also became President of United Cities and Local Governments Africa.[8]

On 12 February 2019, Raponda was appointed as the Defense Minister of Gabon by president Ali Bongo Ondimba after the failed coup in January 2019.[7][9][10] Raponda replaced Etienne Massard Kabinda Makaga, a member of the Bongo family, who had held the position since 2016.[11] On 16 July 2020, Raponda was appointed as the Prime Minister of Gabon, after her predecessor Julien Nkoghe Bekale stepped down.[6] She is the first woman to hold the position. Her appointment is the fourth cabinet shuffle by Ondimba since the failed coup.[12] Her appointment comes during the dual health and economic crises due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fall in the price of oil, one of the country's main resources.[13]


  1. ^ Mouega, Mondjo (16 July 2020). "Gabon: Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda nommée Premier ministre". Gabon Media Time (in French). Retrieved 16 July 2020..
  2. ^ "Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda". Leaders Afrique (in French). 22 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b Dougueli, Georges (21 January 2014). "Gabon : Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, le nouveau visage de Libreville". Jeune Afrique (in French). Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Gras, Romain (12 February 2019). "Gabon : Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, de la mairie de Librevelle au ministère de la Défense". Jeune Afrique (in French). Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Gabon: Mrs Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda elected Mayor of Libreville". All Africa. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Gabon appoints first woman prime minister amid government shakeup". Reuters. 16 July 2020. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda in uncharted territory". Africa Intelligence. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Meetings of the Statutory Bodies for United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) & International Conference: African Cities: Engines of Sustainable Development - Cairo, Hotel Conrad, June 17-20, 2019". Africa News. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  9. ^ Ndungidi, Patrick (30 January 2019). "Gabon: Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda nommée ministre de la défense". African Shapers (in French). Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  10. ^ Solo,mon, Salem (24 February 2019). "African Women Surmount Obstacles to Redefine Their Countries' Militaries". VOA News. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Gabon cabinet reshuffle". Africa News. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  12. ^ Eric Mbog Batassi (16 July 2020). "Gabon Names First Woman as Prime Minister in Cabinet Reshuffle". Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Gabon: A woman appointed Prime Minister, a première". The North Africa Post. 17 July 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Gabon