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Date:23 Aug 2016
Gabon’s election: are the opposition’s attempts at unifying too little too late?

This Saturday, on 27 August, voters in Gabon will go to the polls to elect their president for the next seven-year term. Approximately 628,000 registered voters will be able to choose between 14 candidates that have been cleared to take part, though the number of people on the ballot may end up being lower as the opposition tries to build alliances around a unifying figure.

The person this opposition will be trying to unseat is President Ali Bongo Ondimba, whose family has now been ruling Gabon for half a century. Ali’s father, Omar Bongo Ondimba, came to power in 1967 and, by the time he died in 2009, had served as president for over four decades.

During much of this tenure, Ali was a central figure, holding such positions as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence. Upon Omar’s death, Ali took over amidst controversial elections, which followed a short transitional period.

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Source: Africanarguments


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