Gabon transport minister resigns following ferry accident

Gabon's transport minister stepped down on Thursday, the presidency said, one week after more than 20 people were killed in a ferry accident that sparked outrage across the West African nation.

The presidency's statement did not say why Brice Paillat handed in his notice. But it followed widespread calls for his resignation over the sinking of the Esther Miracle ferry close to the coastal village of Nyonie on March 9, in which at least 21 people were found dead, and 31 others remain missing.

(With input from Reuters)

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