Gabon opposition leader ready to fight

2013-01-28 22:04
Andre Mba Obame (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

Andre Mba Obame (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Libreville - Gabon's main opposition leader Andre Mba Obame, who has been absent from politics for five months because of poor health, said on Monday that he would "very soon" resume his "political combat".

Mba Obame, who claimed victory in the 2009 presidential election officially won by Ali Bongo, said that he had been "the object of repeated mystical attacks, very strong, very powerful. Perhaps you find that difficult to understand... not necessarily rational and Cartesian".

"I was in a state of coma a number of times with near total paralysis and speech difficulties. It was like a stroke, but there were no traces of a stroke in the brain," he told AFP, breaking a long silence.

The opposition leader, who turned to traditional medicine for healing, said this had entailed "complete isolation, silence, reflection". During his illness, he was often rumoured to have died.

"This great trial has made me stronger... I am going to come out of isolation and take up a normal life and in my normal life there is political combat."

Mba Obame, 55, served as a government minister under Bongo's father, Omar Bongo, who died in 2009. He returned to the equatorial African country last August after 14 months abroad for prior health reasons. He speaks with difficulty, uses a crutch and remains partly paralysed on his left side.

As executive secretary of the National Union (UN) party - which was dissolved by Bongo's government after Mba Obame proclaimed himself president in 2011 - he calls for a "sovereign national conference" bringing together the regime, the opposition and civil society, to draw up a new constitution and organise elections.

The last such conference in 1990 led to the introduction of multi party politics, but Bongo has dismissed Mba Obame's proposal as a "veritable constitutional coup d'etat".

Still, Mba Obame said, "the national conference is inevitable. It will happen. There will perhaps be no sovereign national conference convened by the authorities, but we don't need the regime to convene it."

"We've seen countries where national conferences have not been convened by the authorities, such as Niger, Senegal."

"We are going to organise [the gathering] in the next few weeks. With or without the authorities," he added.

Mba Obame argued that though dissolved, the UN party is "even stronger" now.

Though the party is banned from taking part in local elections later this year, he said that "in politics, six months is a long time, plenty of things can and will happen... The UN will lead this country very soon, for a long time and in a democratic fashion".

- SAPA
Read more on:    andre mba obame  |  gabon  |  west africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
When is a mountain more than just a mountain? 2014-12-18 07:26

When it’s an adventure! A group of Old Mutual employees found out how much is enough courage, endurance and camaraderie to take on Africa's highest peak.

/News
 

Five wrapping hacks you have to know before Christmas

Five gift wrapping hacks that will save Christmas for you!

 
 

I love summer.24

Sexiest Instagrams of 2014
Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!
Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Mobile Marketing Manager

Western Cape
Recruit Digital
R15 000 - R22 000 Per Month

Engineering Manager

Western Cape
Pro-Tech Recruitment
R850 000 - R1 100 000 Per Year

In bound Supervisor

Western Cape
Peoplefinder Career Placements

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off the bestselling books

Save big on the most captivating reads of 2014. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to spend...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.