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Gabon court upholds Bongo’s victory after protest

Gabon’s constitutional court has upheld Ali Ben Bongo’s win in the August presidential election. Nine opposition candidates had challenged those results, alleging vote fraud.

Ali Bongo Ondimba

Ali Bongo Ondimba

After recounting results from more than 2,800 polling stations, Gabon’s constitutional court confirmed the election of the son of the country’s long-time leader Omar Bongo.

Announcing the results on state television, constitutional court president Marie Madeleine Mborantsuo reaffirmed Ali Ben Bongo’s win with nearly 42 percent of the vote. Read More…

Gabon riots in Port-Gentil after elections

Gabon’s main oil hub of Port Gentil is under curfew after violence sparked by the announcement that Ali Ben Bongo, son of the country’s long-time leader Omar Bongo, had been elected president.

Port-Gentil

Port-Gentil

Port Gentil is under a dusk-to-dawn curfew following a day of violence during which opposition demonstrators burned the French consulate and looted nearby shops. Prisoners in the port were broken out of jail.

The French Foreign Ministry says demonstrators attacked facilities owned by the French oil firm Total and the U.S. oil services company Schlumberger.

The Foreign Ministry says there are no plans at present to evacuate French residents from Port Gentil, although all have been advised to remain in their homes. Read More…

Ali Bongo Ondimba elected President of Gabon

Ali Bongo Ondimba, son of late President Omar Bongo, is elected President of Gabon after the presidential election held in Gabon on 30 August 2009.

President Omar Bongo Ondimba died on 8 June 2009, while the constitution stated that Interim President Rose Francine Rogombé should organise elections within 30 to 45 days, the Constitutional Court accepted the government’s request for a delay due to the circumstances. Read More…

Paul Biyoghé Mba becomes PM of Gabon

Paul Biyoghé Mba becomes Prime Minister of Gabon after Jean Eyeghe Ndong resigns to launch his presidential campaign.

Paul Biyoghé Mba (born 18 April 1953) is a Gabonese politician, member of the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG), he served for years as a minister in the government prior to his appointment as Prime Minister.

Following the death of President Omar Bongo on 8 June 2009, the PDG leadership selected his son, Defense Minister Ali-Ben Bongo, as its candidate for early presidential election scheduled for 30 August 2009. Read More…

Gabon’s Rose Francine Rogombé becomes interim head of state

Rose Francine Rogombé is sworn in as Interim President of Gabon, following the death of President Omar Bongo in at a ceremony on 10 June 2009, in the presence of members of the Constitutional Court, government, Senate, and National Assembly, as well as foreign diplomats.

She took the oath after a minute of silence in Bongo’s memory, swearing “to devote all my strength to the good of the Gabonese people, with the aim of promoting its well-being and protecting it from all harm, to respect and defend the constitution and a state of law, and conscientiously to carry out my duties and to be fair before everyone”.

Internet access had been cut and television channels played only religious music since the death of the previous President was announced.

Gabonese president Omar Bongo dies

Omar Bongo, the president of the western African country of Gabon, has died at a clinic in Barcelona, Spain, according to the Gabonese prime minister. Omar_Bongo

Jean Eyeghe Ndong said that Bongo, the longest-serving leader of an African country, had died at the Quiron clinic on Monday, at the age of 73.

“At 2:30 pm, the medical team informed me, as well as the officials and members of the family present, that the president of the republic, head of state Omar Bongo Ondimba had just passed away following a heart attack,” Ndong said, adding that the president had been admitted to the clinic early in May. Read More…