Equatorial Guinea’s longtime President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has appointed Manuela Roka Botey as the country’s first female prime minister.
Botey, who was a deputy minister for education in the West African country, replaces Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, who held the position for nearly eight years.
In a tweet, Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue congratulated Botey, saying her appointment is proof of the commitment of gender equality and opportunities in the country.
Obiang, 80, is the world’s longest-serving head of state, excluding monarchs. He was reelected last November for a sixth term after winning 94.9% of the votes.
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