Gabon


    Gabon probes threats to leader before ICC visit
    17.06.17
    AFP

    Gabon authorities said Saturday that they were investigating threats by a critic of President Ali Bongo, including an ultimatum to step down before the arrival of an International Criminal Court team next week. The threats included a warning that government buildings had been set with explosives, and came as armed men stormed the offices of several media outlets on Friday demanding the broadcast of an audio and video message urging Gabonese citizens to revolt. The ultimatum was made by Roland Desire Aba'a Minko, a supporter of opposition leader Jean Ping, who was narrowly defeated by Bongo in presidential elections last year. The ICC team is set to arrive for a two-day visit Tuesday for...

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    Gabon’s election rivals continue battle before the ICC
    19.12.16
    Stéphanie Maupas, correspondent in The Hague

    On December 15, the lawyer for Jean Ping, recent candidate in Gabon’s elections, filed a complaint to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) accusing the Gabonese authorities of crimes against humanity. This comes after the Prosecutor opened a preliminary examination at the end of September at the request of the government.  This is the saga of Ali Bongo versus Jean Ping. The two candidates in Gabon’s August 2016 elections have decided to prolong their battle through the ICC. Bongo’s proclaimed victory, contested in the streets by supporters of Ping, resulted in violence,...

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    Gabon's Ali Bongo: dynastic scion in his father's shadow
    24.09.16
    AFP

    Ali Bongo, whose re-election victory was upheld by Gabon's constitutional court Saturday, has long sought to emerge from the shadow of his father, Omar Bongo, who ruled the country for 41 years until his death in 2009. Bongo, a stockily-built 57-year-old, is variously known by his initials ABO, Ali B and the less flattering "Monsieur Fils" -- "Mr. Son". The last nickname has always irked him the most: Bongo has long insisted he owes his position to his own merits rather than to nepotism. Gabon is sitting on oil, minerals and tropical timber, and its per-capita national income is four times greater than that of most sub-Saharan nations. But a third of the population of 1.8 million...

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    Gabon court upholds President Ali Bongo's election win
    24.09.16
    AFP

    Gabon's constitutional court has upheld President's Ali Bongo's re-election victory, rejecting an appeal by rival Jean Ping, who had called for a recount over widespread allegations of fraud. The court, while partially changing the results of the close August 27 vote, said Bongo maintained a lead over his former ally-turned-opponent Ping. At a televised public hearing overnight in Libreville, in an almost empty room, the court said Bongo had taken 50.66 percent of the vote against 47.24 percent for Ping. The announcement of Bongo's victory after the bitterly fought election had sparked...

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