Gabon To Hold Elections On AUGUST 26

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 President Ali Bongo 

Oil-rich Gabon will hold presidential, legislative and local elections on August 26, the West African country said today, with President Ali Bongo Ondimba’s strong favourite to win against a divided opposition.

Bongo has not yet said whether he will stand again, but he is widely expected to run for re-election.

His powerful Gabonese Democratic Party holds strong majorities in both houses of parliament.

64 year old Bongo, took over from his father, Omar Bongo Ondimba, the country’s ruler for 41 years, in 2009.

The president was narrowly re-elected in 2016, with just 5,500 more votes than rival Jean Ping who claimed the election had been fixed.

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