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Vol 50 No 12

Published 12th June 2009


Gabon

Après Bongo

Foreign leaders head to Libreville for the 16 June state funeral of President Omar Bongo Ondimba, 'le Grand Camerade', and the cabinet meets to discuss the succession

The death of El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba gives French President Nicolas Sarkozy the clearest chance to break with the opaque Françafrique networks, although he has avoided previous opportunities for change. French troops remain at Libreville’s Camp Charles de Gaulle but why they are there is no longer clear.

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