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A new prime minister in Gabon after the attempted coup

Gabonese President Ali Bongo was appointed a new prime minister on Saturday in a bid to consolidate his political base days after a coup attempt failed.

Bongo has been recovering abroad for two months from a stroke and is currently in his stable in the Moroccan capital of Rabat.

All the organizers of the attempted coup were arrested or killed at the weekend, hours after they seized the national radio station.

The presidential secretary-general read a decree on state television on Saturday, announcing that Bongo appointed Julien Nkoghe Békalé as prime minister, succeeding Emmanuel Issozé Ngondet, who has been in office since 2016.

His tenure as prime minister was marked by a sharp decline in oil production and prices, which reduced revenues and increased debt and fueled resentment in the OPEC member state.

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