Gabon seeks to allay fears ahead of AFCON
30 December 2016 | 4:57 pm
Gabon's sports minister has assured that the venues for the Africa Cup of Nations are ready ahead of the tournament, despite violence that erupted after the recent presidential election.
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The Bongo family has ruled Gabon for more than 50 years. Saturday's presidential election isn't expected to change that. The tiny oil-rich nation is grappling with high unemployment while the elite live luxuriously.
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Military officers in oil-producing Gabon said they had seized power on Wednesday, placing President Ali Bongo under house arrest and naming a new leader after the Central African state's election body announced Bongo had won a third term.
As a group of senior Gabonese military officers announce they have seized power and placed President Ali Bongo under house arrest, we take a closer look at Gabon's economic situation. The Central African nation is the fourth-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa, but a third of its population lives below the poverty line. One particular source of frustration lies in the high levels of corruption: the country ranks 136th in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index.
After Gabon's long-ruling President Ali Bongo Ondimba was re-elected for a third term in a controversial election, members of the local military say they have taken over.
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Since 1967, Gabon has been dominated by one family. The Bongos combined their authoritarian power with excessive wealth and tenacious family grievances.
Ali Bongo Ondimba was set to extend his presidential tenure into a third term when mutinous soldiers seized power in a coup. Analysts weren't surprised, as sentiments to end the Bongo dynasty had been growing for years.
In the aftermath of the coup in Gabon on Wednesday, videos have emerged that appear to show officials being caught red-handed with suitcases stuffed full of cash. Emerald Maxwell takes a look at what we know about the arrest of several people in the entourage of Gabon's deposed President Ali Bongo for alleged corruption and treason.
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