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  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Gabon Opposition Leader Jean Ping

    Jean Ping By 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.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About President Ali Bongo Of Gabon

    By 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.

  • 16 Nations Qualified To Take Part In The 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations

    2017 Africa Cup of Nations By 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.

  • 12 Things You Should Know About The Post-Election Violence In Gabon

    By 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.

  • Protesters Burn Down Parliament In Gabon After Bongo Is Declared Winner

    By 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,

  • Tension Rise In Gabon Over Result Delay In Contentious Presidential Election

    By Kevin Mwanza, 5:32 am

    Tension is high in Gabon after Jean Ping, the main challenger to President Ali Bongo Ondimba, claimed victory in the presidential election that was held on Saturday before official results were announced. A delay in releasing the results scheduled for Tuesday has stoked tension in the streets of Libreville, the capital of Gabon, which necessitated the deployment of armed forces to deal with any violence.

  • Andre Ayew’s Injury At West Ham Puts 2017 AFCON Participation At Risk

    André Ayew penalty By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:18 am AFKI Original

    Ghana international Andre Ayew’s injury suffered while playing for new club West Ham United puts his participation at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations at risk, as his recovery is expected to take the remainder of the year. Ayew completed a club-record $27 million move to English Premier League side West Ham United from Swansea City on a three-year deal, eclipsing the previous record of $19.7 million that the Hammers paid to Liverpool for attacker Andy Carroll.

  • 12 Things You Should Know About Africa’s Largest Private Arms Maker

    Ivor Ichikowitz By Dana Sanchez, 3:21 pm

    Ivor Ichikowitz makes selling military hardware sound like a moral crusade. He believes the deals he brokers make Africa a safer place. Industrialist, venture capitalist, philanthropist — those are some of the names people call the founder and chairman of Africa’s largest privately owned arms company. Just don’t call him an arms dealer.

  • 12 Brexit Implications For Africa That Will Surprise You

    By Keren Mikva, 2:56 pm

    Nine out of the 10 biggest produce exporters to the U.K. are E.U. member countries. Potential changes to E.U. tariffs and the falling value of sterling have forced some retailers to consider sourcing from different countries. U.K. produce importers say they expect to see more produce from Africa. South Africa is already the No. 2 source of fresh fruit to the U.K. after Spain, and Kenya may become a beneficiary of the changing trade patterns.

  • Africa Writhing: 5 African Economies That Are Beating The Odds

    African economies that are beating the odds By Dana Sanchez, 1:03 pm

    Copper-rich Democratic Republic of Congo is vying with Zambia to be Africa’s top producer. A new hydropower facility that the DRC government is planning to build could help shape Africa this century. It is one of DRC’s strategies for providing the energy it needs to free its economy. These aren’t the largest or most developed countries in Africa. Some are plagued with corruption and inequality. All have fast-growing economies.

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