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Failed Coup In Gabon – Government Arrests Soldiers

Failed Coup In Gabon – Government Arrests Soldiers

Most of the soldiers who seized the headquarters of national radio in Libreville have been arrested, according to a government spokesperson. He said another one is on the run, reportedly calling them a “group of jokers”. 9:00 am: The government spokesman announces that four of the mutineers have been arrested and one is on the […]

China’s TBEA To Invest In 180 mln Euro Gabon Hydropower Project – Gabon official

China’s TBEA To Invest In 180 mln Euro Gabon Hydropower Project – Gabon official

Chinese energy firm TBEA will invest in a 180 million euro ($209 million) hydropower project in Gabon alongside the West African country’s sovereign wealth fund, a Gabonese official said on Saturday. Construction will begin “pretty soon” on the project, which will have a power generation capacity of 70 megawatts in the first phase, Liban Soleman, […]

Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze – Ngondet Appoints New Cabinet

Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze – Ngondet Appoints New Cabinet

Gabon’s Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet announced a new government days after the constitutional court forced the dissolution of the previous one, with the ruling party retaining control of key ministries. Issoze-Ngondet, who was re-appointed as prime minister on May 3 by President Ali Bongo, moved Régis Immongault Tatangani, the former economy minister, to foreign affairs. […]

Gabon Boosts Security as Opposition Threatens Bongo to Quit

Gabon Boosts Security as Opposition Threatens Bongo to Quit

Gabon reinforced security near public buildings after a former presidential candidate gave President Ali Bongo an ultimatum to step down and threatened to blow up government property should the nation’s leader refuse to go within three days. Roland Desire Aba’a Minko asked Bongo to relinquish power and said that Jean Ping, declared the loser in […]

Gabon Opposition Rejects President’s Call For Talks To Ease Tensions

Gabon Opposition Rejects President’s Call For Talks To Ease Tensions

Gabonese President Ali Bongo has offered to hold talks with opposition parties in an apparent bid to ease tensions over his contested re-election last year, but his main political rival swiftly rejected the call for dialogue. Responding to a presidency statement issued late on Friday, opposition leader Jean Ping branded the proposal for talks starting […]

Ali Bongo sworn in as president of Gabon

Ali Bongo sworn in as president of Gabon

Ali Bongo has been sworn in as Gabon’s president for a second seven-year term, three days after his election victory was controversially validated by the Constitutional Court following allegations of fraud. “I pledge to devote all my efforts for the good of the Gabonese people and to ensure their well-being … and respect and defend […]

Gabon Constitutional Court Starts Hearing On Disputed Election

Gabon Constitutional Court Starts Hearing On Disputed Election

Gabon’s Constitutional Court began hearing arguments on Thursday in advance of its ruling on an election that opposition leader Jean Ping said was rigged to give President Ali Bongo victory. The court’s nine judges are expected to rule by Friday on Ping’s complaint and could announce a recount or final results. The election has drawn […]

Gabon Opposition Leader Says Attack On HQ Kills Two People

Gabon Opposition Leader Says Attack On HQ Kills Two People

Gabon’s opposition leader said two people were killed and 19 injured when security forces attacked his headquarters after the incumbent president, Ali Bongo, was declared the winner of contested polls. Thousands of angry protesters took to the streets of the capital, Libreville, accusing the government of stealing the election after Bongo won a second term […]

Gabon Aims To Cut Yawning Poverty Gap By Ending Its Dependency On Oil

Gabon Aims To Cut Yawning Poverty Gap By Ending Its Dependency On Oil

Gabon is 85% rainforest. Flying over the giant canopy, the miles pass without a glimpse of the forest floor. Then a bald patch emerges. In the clearing in Awala, which has become Africa’s biggest industrial plantation, men in boots tend to thousands of small palm trees in long rows. They are setting the scene for […]