Gabon: Latest News
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kevin Mwanza, 8:41 am
Africa has had a busy elections calendar in 2016. The year opened with a mixed bag of dramatic elections and referendum in the first quarter of the year. There has since been a haitus in Africa’s voting calendar that gave the continent a whiff of fresh air to refocus on socio-economic and security matters before the beginning of another polling season. August is now shaping up to be the ‘super month’ for elections on the continent with at least five elections scheduled to take place.
Julia Austin, 5:31 pm AFKI Original
In some of the busiest African cities, a monthly bus pass or taxi fare can be a major expense, eating up nearly 20 percent of personal income. A monthly bus pass in Nigeria costs just shy of $40 and a single five-mile taxi trip costs around $9. Taking the bus into Lagos is noticeably more expensive than taking the bus out of the city. Tickets leaving Lagos can range between $13 to $26, but tickets into Lagos range between $17 and $45.
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