The Gabonese president appoints his eldest son to coordinate presidential affairs.

President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who had succeeded his father and has been in power for 42 years, a decade ago has called his eldest son to the helm in the presidency.

At the end of a cabinet meeting, the government created on Thursday, the post of “general coordinator of presidential affairs”, assigned to Noureddin Bongo Valentin, the president’S son.

His mission: “to assist the President of the Republic in the conduct of all affairs of the State and ensure the strict application of its decisions”.

He thus has a cabinet.This announcement comes after the launch in mid-November, a large anti-corruption operation, called “Scorpion”, which led to the arrest of about twenty senior officials of the administration.

And especially to that of the former all-powerful chief of staff of the presidency, Brice Laccruche Alihanga.

Becoming the real man of power during the long convalescence of Mr. Bongo who suffered a stroke a year ago, Mr. Laccruche, 39, was fired on November 7 to everyone’s surprise after two years of service.

The head of state in power for 10 years, when he was elected after the death of his father Omar Bongo, is been considerably weakened by stroke and was not seen for long months, recovering in Morocco and then

appearing in public on very rare occasions.