Ali Bongo’s illness, the contagion effect of other recent successful coups and palace power tussles are factors responsible for Gabon’s recent coup.
Failed developmental promises, ever shifting domestic elite alliances and popular demand for better living conditions contributed to the military removal of Gabon’s Ali Bongo Ondimba.
Gabon is resource rich, but the Bongo family’s continuous rule has been bad news for the country of 2.3 million people.
Gabon’s Ali Bongo Ondimba has watched over constitutional changes that have given him far reaching powers.
Ali Bongo seems to have won Gabon’s elections. Yet his contested “victory” has radically changed the political field in this soft democracy, one of Africa’s richest and most stable.
Gabon has the lowest trust ratings of any election commission among the 36 African countries surveyed by Afrobarometer.