Meet: Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda the First Female Vice President in Gabon


Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda becomes the first woman to hold the position in Gabon where she was previously prime minister and defense minister.

On the 10th of January 2023, Gabon’s President Ali Bongo appointed her as the country’s first female to the role of vice president. Former Defence Minister Ossouka Raponda who had been appointed premier in July 2020 after her predecessor stepped down, will now “assist” the head of state.

She is the country’s first-ever female vice president.

The new vice president has had a steady political rise in Gabon which has been ruled by the same family for more than five decades.

She was named budget minister in 2012 before being elected mayor of the capital, Libreville, in 2014, becoming the first woman to hold that position since 1956. She is an economist by training who graduated from the Gabonese Institute of Economy and Finance, specializing in public finance.

In 2020, the president of The Central African state of Gabon, Ali Bongo appointed former her as the first female mayor and as the country’s first female Prime Minister.

Everything about Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda is what we call #TrailBlazing.

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