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Latest news from Gabon

GABON: Police clash with protesters in wake of Bongo re-election

LIBREVILLE, 2 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Residents of the Gabonese capital, Libreville, awoke to a city teeming with security forces on Friday, one day after police clashed with crowds protesting the election that put Africaís longest-serving leader in power for another seven years.Full report

GABON: Landslide win for Africaís longest serving president

LIBREVILLE, 30 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Omar Bongo, president of Gabon since 1967, has won a landslide victory at the polls, securing a further seven years at the helm of the small oil-producing nation. Full report

GABON: Bongo reaches for 45-year stretch as president

LIBREVILLE, 23 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - As Gabonís election campaign approaches its end and President Omar Bongo looks set to cruise to victory, only fraud allegations and voter apathy still have the potential to rain on his parade, according to analysts.Full report

GABON: Temperature rising ahead of campaign

LIBREVILLE, 20 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - The official start to Gabonís presidential election campaign is still close to a month away but tension is already rising as allegations and thinly veiled threats start to fly.Full report

GABON: Two top opposition figures to challenge Africaís longest-standing president

LIBREVILLE, 10 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Two heavyweights of Gabonís opposition have announced they will try to shake President Omar Bongo from nearly four decades of power, after winning concessions on the make-up of the national election commission.Full report

GABON: Opposition cries foul over presidential poll plans

LIBREVILLE, 6 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Presidential elections have been fixed for 27 November in oil-rich Gabon, with security forces voting two days early in a move the opposition says is a ruse for rigging.Full report

GABON: Bongo, Africa's longest-serving ruler, wants another seven years

LIBREVILLE, 3 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Already Africa's longest-serving leader, Gabon's President Omar Bongo has vowed to stand for another seven-year term in presidential elections due to be held before the end of year. Full report

GABON: Government cuts condom prices by 40 percent to help AIDS fight

LIBREVILLE, 21 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - Gabon is slashing the price of male condoms in government-approved health centres by 40 percent in a bid to help prevent new HIV infections, health officials in the Central African country said. Full report

CENTRAL AFRICA: Ministers says rural electrification a must in war on poverty

BRAZZAVILLE, 14 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Energy ministers from countries in Central Africa said on Wednesday the provision of electricity must be part of their national strategic plans to end poverty. Full report

GABON: Congolese refugees caught up in crackdown on illegal immigrants

LIBREVILLE, 21 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - More than 40 refugees from Congo-Brazzaville living in Gabon have been arrested in a police crackdown on illegal immigrants and threatened with deportation to their home country, a spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency UNHCR said. Full report


IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Gabon

ZAMBIA: Congolese refugees in no hurry to return

GABON: Who will succeed Omar Bongo?

GABON: High prices cause city residents to run the risk of street drugs

GABON: Youth is more afraid of unemployment than AIDS


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