Gabon’s president Ali Bongo Odimba named Monday (Jan. 09) the country’s first female vice-president. Rose Christian Ossouka Raponda.
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Democracy in Crisis in Gabon as another Father-to-Son Transition Looms
To demonstrate its commitment to democracy in Africa, the international community must delegitimize father-to-son transfer of power on the continent.
An Impaired Ali Bongo Appoints His Son as De Facto Ruler of Gabon
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.
Gabon’s Ailing Dictator Returns for Government Swearing-in
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.
Gabon’s President Returns Home After Extended Medical Leave
His return comes a week after a military group took over the state radio station. The coup was quickly halted but exposed growing frustration.
Authoritarian-Overstretch Led to the Recent Gabon Coup Attempt
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.
Post-Coup Gabon Crackdown on Civil Society and Opposition Underway
Global rights groups concerned by Gabon government’s targeting of human rights defenders and opposition members for military coup attempt.
Gabon Coup Attempt After-Effects May Not be Over
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.
Dictatorship in Control After Attempted Gabon Military Coup
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.
Tropical Disruption: Gabon
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.