Omar Bongo died in power in 2009 after 42 years of corrupt rule. His son, Ali, took over. Now impaired, Ali has appointed his son to rule Gabon de facto.
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Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who has been out of country for health reasons since October, has returned for the swearing-in of his new government.
His return comes a week after a military group took over the state radio station. The coup was quickly halted but exposed growing frustration.
The coup attempt in Gabon was the result of authoritarian-overstretch as frustrations increase against the Bongo dynasty and the coup failed due to lack of widespread support.
Global rights groups concerned by Gabon government’s targeting of human rights defenders and opposition members for military coup attempt.
Armed men who took over Gabon state TV before dawn Monday had a stern message, followed a script typical for military-led coups in West and Central Africa.
Bongo has been in office since 2009. His father ran the oil-rich country before him, and many have criticized the family for profiting off the country.
With oil, Gabon has one of the highest GDPs in Africa. But the fact that it is the largest African importer of champagne illustrates that the wealth distribution there basically runs along the lines of the Bongo family versus the Gabonese people.
Gabon President Ali Bongo, out of country since falling ill in October, suffered stroke, vice president said, providing first official details of illness.
Central African nation’s presidency said in statement on Sunday latest word about health of president Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon was “extremely reassuring”.