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Vol 57 No 20

Published 7th October 2016


One-man dialogues

After Gabon's shambolic presidential vote in August and the swearing in of Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba on 27 September for a new seven-year term, both government and opposition are offering 'dialogues' to legitimise themselves. It has so far fallen flat. Bongo promised to talk with the opposition and bring in members of civil society to form a broad-based government in early October but he ended up getting no one influential to join his team. Despite the international condemnation of the election and the post-election violence, his strategy has been business – and politics – as usual.

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