Gabon: Bongo’s constitutional “power grab” and The Resistance


Sweeping constitutional changes mean Bongo could be president for life. Will Gabon’s citizens show their displeasure at the ballot box this month?

Ali Bongo took over from his father Omar, who came to power in Gabon in 1967.

Despite being in power for over half a century, the Bongo dynasty in Gabon does not look like it will come to a close any time soon – in fact, the prospect of its end may be receding even further into the future.

After 42 years under Omar Bongo Ondimba and 9 years under his son, Ali, the government has made several far-reaching amendments to the constitution. Amongst other things, these recent changes mean that the president can now run for an unlimited number of terms, while power is more heavily…

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