the gabonese republic

(72# Gabon) Rose Francine Rogombé: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a Gabonese politician and lawyer by profession. She is part of the Galwa ethnic group. Following the completion of her studies in France, she worked as a magistrate in Gabon.
  • She was Acting President of Gabon from June 2009 to October 2009.
  • She was elected as President Of The Senate in February 2009, a role to which she returned to after her interim presidency.
  • She is a member of the Gabonese Democratic Party.
  • She was the first female head of state of Gabon.
  • In the 1980s she served in the government as Secretary of State for the Advancement of Women and Human Rights. 
  • In the 1990s she became Vice-President of the Special Criminal Court. 
  • She received a degree in theology (2007).
  • In recognition of her work in leading Gabon through the early presidential election in 2009, the oldest Senator presented her with a medal of honour on the occasion of her return to the Senate.
  • In 2010 she organised the distribution of 23000 toys to children in Lambaréné as a celebration of Christmas.