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Vol 55 No 18

Published 12th September 2014


Gabon

Electioneering begins

Tension between the government and opposition is already mounting before the presidential election in 2016

The 2016 presidential election campaign has already begun in Libreville. President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba is trying to explain away his government's glacial progress in fighting corruption and raising the living standards of the average citizen. Meanwhile, the oppositionist and former African Union Commission Chairman, Jean Ping, faces criticism that he does not offer a real alternative to the ruling Parti démocratique gabonais (PDG) because he was a top political baron under the four-decade 'big man' rule by the late President Omar Bongo Ondimba .

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