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Vol 50 No 16

Published 7th August 2009


Gabon

After Bongo, more Bongo

He already controls the military and now Ali Ben Bongo intends to control the whole country

The face of the late President Omar Bongo Ondimba still figures large on posters along the main boulevards of Libreville. Although his photographic image is fading in the equatorial sun, the Bongo legacy lives on through his son. Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba is using the family name, a war chest of petrodollars and a plethora of populist promises to win support in the 30 August presidential election (AC Vol 50 No 13). Many threaten to beat Ali Ben Bongo but few of the other candidates offer a real challenge.

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