Gabon: Latest News
Staff, 6:38 am
Gabon’s Constitutional Court on Friday (Sept. 23) upheld the re-election of incumbent president Ali Bongo, extending his family’s five-decade rule over the oil-rich, small Central African nation. Bongo was announced as the winner of the country’s general elections, which were held late last month. He won the vote by a slim margin of 6,000 votes ahead of his closest rival, Jean Ping.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:39 am AFKI Original
The UEFA Champions League has returned, and Europe’s premier club competition continues to excite fans the world over. African fans can count on seeing a number of top performers from the continent taking part in the Champions League for many of the best clubs in Europe. Here are 12 Africans to keep an eye out for during the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League season.
Global Risk Insights, 7:14 am
Following contested elections on Aug. 27, Gabon has seen a crackdown as President Ali Bongo seeks to solidify his victory. The most visible sign of this was Gabon’s four day internet shutdown, which has been followed by daily internet curfews from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The situation in Gabon is therefore unique, in that it represents the first time since the 2011 Arab Spring that a country has implemented scheduled, continuous internet curfews.
Staff, 3:43 am
The head of Gabon’s top court, which has the pivotal task of ruling if President Ali Bongo’s contested re-election is valid, is a former beauty queen whose affair with the leader’s father produced two children. Marie-Madeleine Mborantsuo is in the limelight in this oil-rich Central African nation where President Bongo’s victory is being challenged by his former brother-in-law, veteran diplomat Jean Ping.
Keren Mikva, 5:11 pm AFKI Original
Burkina Faso’s De La Sébure mixes the warmth of African colors with modern European styles, reflecting the founder’s native Burkina Faso and adopted home in Europe. The clothes use elegant flair, vibrant colors, and refined materials to create something entirely its own. De La Sébure is one of 30 top designers from African countries being showcased at an African fashion reception, underway at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.
Lillian Mutiso, 6:19 am AFKI Original
Jean Ping is the opposition leader in Gabon. He lost to President Ali Ondimba Bongo in the presidential election held on August 27, 2016, whose results were hotly disputed. The dispute threw the West African nation into violence that started with the burning of the National Assembly building in Libreville, the capital city. Below are things you need to know about Ping.
Lillian Mutiso, 10:38 am AFKI Original
Ali Bongo was re-elected as the president of Gabon on Saturday, 27 August 2016. The results were disputed by Jean Ping, his closest rival who had declared himself the winner before the result announcement. Post election violence has since erupted in the West-African nation of about 1.5 million people as opposition supporters clash with security forces. Below are 12 things to know about Ali Bongo.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:22 am AFKI Original
Over the past weekend the final qualifying matches took place for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which will take place in Gabon this coming January. With qualifying now complete, the 16 teams that will be present in Gabon to compete for the title of Africa’s best are now known, and final preparations can begin. Here are the 16 African national teams that have qualified to take part in the 2017 AFCON tournament.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:14 am AFKI Original
Gabon has erupted into violence since Wednesday after President Ali Bongo was controversially declared the winner of a closely contested presidential election. The National Assembly building was set on fire on Wednesday evening as several people were arrested or killed by the country’s armed forces. The West African nation is one of the leading oil-producers on the continent and has a population of just 1.5 million people.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:08 am
Demonstrators set ablaze Gabon’s National Assembly building on Wednesday afternoon and several civilians were killed as supporters of opposition leader Jean Ping clashed with security forces in the streets of Libreville, hours after President Ali Bongo’s disputed re-election was confirmed by the nation’s electoral body. Police and soldiers had been stationed along most roads and petrol stations in the capital in anticipation of the violence as tension mounted,
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