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Vol 50 No 6

Published 20th March 2009


Gabon

Farewell, Lady Bongo

The death of First Lady Edith Lucie Bongo Ondimba née Sassou-Nguesso and her subsequent grand funeral in Libreville on 19 March has prompted a wave of sympathy and political manoeuvring from Africa’s Francophone elite and French officials. Some see it as marking the fading of President Omar Bongo Ondimba’s supremacy. Edith died, aged 45, in Rabat, Morocco, on 14 March after years of chronic illness.

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