LIBREVILLE Jan 10 OPEC-member Gabon has
replaced three ministers, including the oil minister, the
government said in a statement late on Monday.
The former French colony's 220,000-barrel-per-day oil sector
has long been dominated by French firm Total but U.S., Chinese
and British firms have made inroads into the central African
Pascal Houangni Ambourouet will replace Etienne Dieudonne
Ngoubou, who defended the government's interests during a
year-long spat with British-based Tullow over an oilfield stake.
Noel Mboumba was named economy minister and Edgar Anicet
Mboumbou Miyakou is the new budget minister.
(Reporting by Gerauds Wilfried Obangome; Writing by Emma Farge;
Editing by Janet Lawrence)