Voting closes in Gabon where president vies to extend power

2016-08-27 20:50

Voting closed in Gabon, where voters decided whether to maintain Bongo family dynasty that stretches back to the 1960s.

Gabon votes as president vies to keep family in power

2016-08-27 15:15

Gabon's president, up for re-election, is trying to overcome a coalition of high-profile opponents to maintain a family dynasty that stretches back to the 1960s

Gabon opposition barons back Ping to take on Bongo

2016-08-16 23:40

Two opposition heavyweights in Gabon are to back former African Union chief Jean Ping in his bid to oust President Ali Bongo at the ballot box in August.

Gabon president warns of election unrest

2016-08-01 08:49

Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba has warned of possible unrest during the August 27 election which he said was the "strategy" of the opposition challenging his eligibility to seek a second seven-year term.

Gabon presidential candidate in police standoff

2016-06-03 21:23

Former top African Union official Jean Ping, who is running in Gabon's upcoming presidential elections, has shunned a police summons.

1 dead, 6 wounded in Gabon oil site explosion

2016-03-14 09:20

One person was killed and 6 wounded in an explosion at an oil site in southwest Gabon run by a subsidiary of Chinese energy giant Sinopec, officials say.

Gabon artisanal gold miners struggle to survive

2016-02-17 17:00

Gabon's government now requires that miners panning for gold must sell what they find to the state.

Gabon launches spin-off parenting TV series

2016-01-11 20:03

A soon-to-be-released African spin-off of a popular French series on the travails of parenting, made in Gabon, captures a continent divided between tradition and modernity.

Top civil servants probed over hardwood traffic in Gabon

2015-11-27 19:32

Security agents in Gabon are investigating several top civil servants, including an advisor to the president, for illegal trafficking in a precious hardwood, a source close to the government says.

Gabon leader names new opposition figure to Cabinet

2015-09-14 09:13

Gabon’s president has named a new opposition figure to a senior ministerial post a day after another senior opponent declined the job, in a set back to his efforts to forge a united government ahead of next year’s election.


Challenger cries foul in Gabon poll

2016-08-27 18:55

The candidate hoping to unseat Ali Bongo in Gabon's presidential election alleged a biased court ruling had opened the way to fraud because it allowed soldiers and police to vote several times.

Gabon's old guard hopes to unseat Bongo dynasty scion

2016-08-25 08:43

The increasingly disgruntled people of Gabon go to the polls in a presidential election in which a last-minute opposition pact has robbed incumbent Ali Bongo of a clear run at a second term.

Poll rival says Gabon's Bongo should take DNA test

2016-08-03 18:06

President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon should take a DNA test to prove his parentage and eligibility to run for re-election later this month, a rival candidate says.

Gabon police charge at protesters, beat cameraman

2016-07-24 10:48

Security forces in Gabon violently charged at demonstrators gathering in Libreville in the lead-up to presidential elections and beat an AFP cameraman covering the protest, a colleague says.

Shell eyes $700mln exit from Gabon - sources

2016-04-21 19:46

Royal Dutch Shell is working on selling out of its onshore assets in Gabon, according to two sources familiar with the matter, seeking to refocus its African presence.

Gabon's President Bongo to run for re-election

2016-02-29 18:04

President Ali Bongo Ondimba, whose father ruled oil-rich Gabon for 41 years, will seek a second term.

Olam starts Gabonese rubber production

2016-01-15 12:45

Olam says it will start rubber production from plantations it owns in a venture with Gabon's government and intends selling rubber to Michelin.

Gabon teachers launch one-month strike

2016-01-04 22:21

Teachers in Gabon have launched a one-month strike over demands for bonuses and unpaid salaries, less than a year after a wage dispute closed many schools.

African nations, donors agree plan to protect Congo forests

2015-09-30 10:50

Six African nations have agreed with donors on a plan to protect the tropical forests of the Congo basin, the second biggest in the world after the Amazon’s to help ease poverty and combat climate change.

Gabon president says giving inheritance to country's youth

2015-08-18 11:24

Gabon President Ali Bongo says he would give "all his share of the inheritance" from his long-ruling father Omar Bongo Ondimba to "the Gabonese youth" in a speech marking the 55th anniversary of independence.

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