In a tweet, Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue congratulated Botey, saying her appointment is proof of the commitment to gender equality and opportunities in the country.
Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has appointed his vice-minister of education, Manuela Roka Botey, as prime minister, the first time a woman has held the role in the West African country.
Botey replaces Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, who held the position for nearly eight years.
Her new position was announced on state television late on Tuesday.
Over in Equatorial Guinea, Manuela Roka Botey, has become the country’s first woman Prime Minister.— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) February 1, 2023
Ms Botey was the country’s Deputy Minister of Education. pic.twitter.com/UmbFKct5Q7
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 percent of the votes.
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