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New Gabon government announced from abroad

AFP  |  Libreville 

Gabon's announced a new government in a video message recorded thousands of miles away in Morocco, where ailing Gabonese is recovering from a

Recently appointed PM gave details of the reshuffle in footage broadcast late Saturday on state television, less than a week after the country foiled an attempted coup.

has been without effective government for months since Bongo suffered the in October during a visit to

A new cabinet was also announced on Saturday evening by in another video missive recorded in No significant changes were made to either the cabinet or the government.

Gabon's constitution states that ministers must take their vows before the -- but in Bongo's lengthening absence it is unclear how, when and where the ceremony will take place.

On Monday renegade soldiers stormed a state radio station to call for an uprising while Bongo was abroad.

Security forces captured the rebel chief and killed two of his men at the broadcasting offices in the capital Libreville, restoring calm to the city after hours of upheaval.

However questions remain over the balance of power in the West African nation where political change has been negligible for more than half a century.

Brice Laccruche Alihanga, of the cabinet since 2017 who is reportedly close to Sylvia Bongo, retained his post in the new line-up.

Ali Bongo, 59, is the son of Omar Bongo, who became of state in 1967 and died in June 2009, leaving a legacy of corruption allegations.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 08:11 IST