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Gabon

Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba

Date of Birth: 9 February 1959
Place of Birth: Brazzaville, Congo-Brazzaville


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One-man dialogues

After Gabon's shambolic presidential vote in August and the swearing in of Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba on 27 September for a new seven-year term both government and opposition are offering 'dialogues' to legitimise themselves...

After Gabon's shambolic presidential vote in August and the swearing in of Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba on 27 September for a new seven-year term both government and opposition are offering 'dialogues' to legitimise themselves...


Bongo's incredible win

Fraud played a major part in President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba's narrow victory in the presidential election of 27 August independent observers widely believe...

Fraud played a major part in President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba's narrow victory in the presidential election of 27 August independent observers widely believe...

Vote-winningAli Ben Bongo's election-winning formula was simple: control the individuals and institutions in charge of organising the vote and when all else fails change the result...


Bongo's sure bet

Two oppositionists may have rallied to presidential candidate Jean Ping at the last minute on 16 August but that won't be enough to stop President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba from walking away with victory at the poll on 27 August...

Two oppositionists may have rallied to presidential candidate Jean Ping at the last minute on 16 August but that won't be enough to stop President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba from walking away with victory at the poll on 27 August...

Ping had children with Pascaline Mferri Bongo Ali Bongo's half-sister who was Omar's Cabinet director and family treasurer...


Democrats under fire

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Party pooper

President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba's re-election campaign looks less of a cosmetic exercise now that National Assembly President Guy Nzouba Ndama has declared he will stand in the 28 August election...

President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba's re-election campaign looks less of a cosmetic exercise now that National Assembly President Guy Nzouba Ndama has declared he will stand in the 28 August election...

Ndama was one of the closest allies of Ali Bongo's father the late President Omar Bongo Ondimba...


Little rain on Bongo's parade

President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba started the fight by declaring on 29 February that he intended to seek re-election...

President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba started the fight by declaring on 29 February that he intended to seek re-election...

After Omar died in 2009 Ali Ben Bongo beat several other former regime stalwarts to the presidency in a hotly disputed election (AC Vol 50 No 16 After Bongo more Bongo)...

Chambrier formed the Héritage et modernité faction last June in a bid to challenge Ali Bongo's domination of the party...


Capital flight

An embarrassing airing of the wealth extravagance and lavish use of private jets by President Ali Bongo and his family and vast entourage is in store once a lawsuit by a Swiss aviation consulting company gets going in Geneva...


Outward bound

M6's strongest links south of the Sahara are with Senegal's President Macky Sall Ivorian President Alassane Dramane Ouattara and Gabon's President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba...

M6's strongest links south of the Sahara are with Senegal's President Macky Sall Ivorian President Alassane Dramane Ouattara and Gabon's President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba...


Obiang’s own goal fest

Government officials talk of following the succession model of neighbouring Gabon where Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba succeeded his father in 2009 after an election...

Government officials talk of following the succession model of neighbouring Gabon where Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba succeeded his father in 2009 after an election...


Bashing Bongo

Seasoned investigative journalist Pierre Péan has put the cat among the pigeons yet again with a stream of sensational claims about President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba and his family...

Seasoned investigative journalist Pierre Péan has put the cat among the pigeons yet again with a stream of sensational claims about President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba and his family...

Péan claims that Ali Ben Bongo falsified documents including his birth certificate and school records to cover this up...

The children of Omar Bongo's predecessor President Léon Mba said they were at school in France with Ali Bongo before the Biafran war began...

Péan also details arguments between Ali Bongo and his half-sister Pascaline Mferri Bongo who was for long Omar Bongo's Cabinet Director and reputedly managed the Bongo clan's business affairs (AC Vol 41 No 10 The lobbyists' list)...

Out of the public eye since Ali Bongo's 2009 election victory she suddenly surfaced this month to rebut Péan's charges...


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