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Vol 57 No 7

Published 1st April 2016


Gabon

Little rain on Bongo's parade

A series of defections leaves the President reliant on close family, cronies and poll manipulation

The temperature of the presidential election campaign, which is due in August, has risen by several degrees this month after squabbles erupted in the ruling Parti démocratique gabonais. President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba started the fight by declaring on 29 February that he intended to seek re-election. That came just two weeks before the PDG's annual conference, which was supposed to see the party choose its candidate.

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