Raymond Ndong Sima

Gabon: Raymond Ndong Sima, opponent of Ali Bongo, appointed transitional PM

The former opponent of Ali Bongo Ondimba, Raymond Ndong Sima, was named Prime Minister of the transition on September 7. He had previously held this position in 2012 and 2013.

The president of the transition in Gabon, General Brice Oligui Nguema, on Thursday September 7 appointed transitional Prime Minister Raymond Ndong Sima, an economist and virulent opponent of President Ali Bongo overthrown by the military a week ago, according to a decree read on state television. Raymond Ndong Sima, 68, had been Prime Minister of Ali Bongo from 2012 to 2014 but had moved away from power, which he regularly accused of bad governance until running against the head of state in the presidential elections of 2016 and 2023.

General Oligui, who led the August 30 coup against Ali Bongo who was barely proclaimed re-elected in a fraudulent election according to the military, was sworn in on Monday as president of a transition period from which he did not not fixed the duration, and at the end of which he promised ‘free elections’. On Monday he also announced the formation of a transitional government comprising personalities from all political sides.