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Vol 60 No 25

Published 19th December 2019


The son also rises

The man standing in for the President looked like he might be settling in, so the ruling clan swept him away and has appointed a dauphin

With the installation of his son Noureddin Bongo-Valentin as the 'general coordinator of presidential affairs', recuperating stroke victim President Ali Bongo Ondimba – or those acting for him – has reasserted the Bongo clan's hold on power. Whether or not the ground is being prepared for a quasi-dynastic succession – as opposition and media critics claim – the appointment has put decision-making firmly back in the hands of the Bongo family.

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