Cameroon's president forms new gov't of 37 ministers   2011-12-10 16:45:30            

YAOUNDE, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Two months after the Oct. 9 presidential elections and over one month after being sworn in, the Cameroonian President Paul Biya on Friday named members of the new government which will be comprised of 37 ministers, besides assistant ministers and state secretaries.

Newly introduced posts include that of minister for procurement contracts and secretary of state at the defense ministry in charge of the ex-fighters and war victims.

The current government structure is comprised of 37 ministerial posts including the deputy prime minister, minister in charge of relations with councils in addition to assistant ministers and state secretaries.

Those appointed in government include the Director General of the Afriland First Bank Alamine Ousmane Mey who was appointed the Finance minister, Atangana Kouna Basile was appointed as the minister for Energy and Water.

Eyebe Ayissi, the ex-finance minister was appointed as the minister for the Supreme State Council.

Essimi Menye, the ex-foreign minister will now serve as the Agriculture Minister.

Laurent Esso, the ex-secretary general at the presidency was appointed to serve as the Justice Minister.

Aba Sadou will be in charge of the newly created Ministry of Procurement Contracts.

Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo was appointed as Minister for External Relations.

Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o remains as the Defense Minister while Issa Tchiroma Bakary will remain as the Communication Minister.

Among those who were sacked from the Cabinet are Marafa Hamidou Yaya for territorial administration and decentralization ministry and Benard Messengue Avom for public works, both of whom have been cited in various financial scandals and who are likely to appear in court.

Others who were dropped from the Cabinet include Michel Zoah (sports and physical education), Badel Ndanga Ndinga (mines, industry and technological development), Jean Baptiste Beleoken (land), Dr. Aboubakar Sarki (fisheries development), Michael Ngako Tomdio (energy and water) and Elvis Ngoll Ngolle (forestry).

Louis Paul Motaze who previously served as the minister for economy and planing was demoted to the position of secretary general in the prime minister's office with a rank of a minister and Jean Nkuete left the position of deputy prime minister and agriculture minister for that of the secretary general of the central committee of the Democratic Rally of Cameroonian People (RDPC, the ruling party).

Among those who have been promoted include the ex-secretary general of foreign relations ministry Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh who was appointed the secretary general in the office of the president.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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