Gabon. According to
Countryaah reports, Foreign Minister Jean Ping was elected in February
as new chairman of the AU Commission, the African Union's
administrative body. He was succeeded as Foreign Minister by Laure Olga Gondjout, who was most recently Minister
responsible for communications, postal and IT issues.
In municipal elections in April, the ruling Gabonese
Democratic Party (PDG) won by a wide margin on a national
basis but did not get its own majority in the capital
Libreville, where turnout was very low. In the second
largest city of Port-Gentil, the ruling party clearly lost.
In August 2015, President Bongo declared that he would
donate the entire legacy of his father to Gabon's youth in
the form of a form of youth and education.
Oil exports previously accounted for 70% of the country's
export revenue. It was therefore hit hard by the 75% fall in
the price of crude oil which started in 2014.
President Ondimba was re-elected in the August 2016
presidential election with 49.8% of the vote against 48.2%
for Jean Ping. When the election results were announced 4
days after the election, riots erupted in at least 9 of the
capital's districts. The protesters set fire to parliament
while a helicopter from the presidential guard bombed Jean
Ping's headquarters. Ping himself initially declined to
appeal the election to the Constitutional Court, but
subsequently reneged. He triggered a general strike on
September 5, but the strike had only minimal support. After
the election, the government called for the implementation
of an inclusive national dialogue. The proposal received
support from 50 parties and 1200 NGOs, but not from Ping's
coalition. The dialogue came to consist of a single meeting
in March 2017.
After the election, Ondimba inaugurated Emmanuel
Issoze-Ngondet as new prime minister and promised to form a
national unity government, but despite 40 ministers, this
did not get the participation of members of the Ping