Gabon: Ping’s rally follows travel ban for opposition leaders

Gabon: Ping’s rally follows travel ban for opposition leaders

In Gabon, a Monday demonstration planned by opposition leader Jean Ping was moved to political coalition headquarters after security officials surrounded the initial site in Libreville. The afternoon rally went ahead as planned, with no immediate reports of clashes or unrest. The demonstration followed the government’s announcement on Sunday that…

Secret illegal fishing mission off Liberian coast nets 3 boats

The Liberian government has partnered with an environmental group to launch a new effort at curbing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing – and so far, they’ve made arrests on three poaching vehicles. The Sea Shepherd organization has been patrolling the West African waters off Liberia for almost four weeks,…

New African Union CDC health operations center is open for business

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention was officially open for business on Wednesday, following a ribbon cutting ceremony at the conclusion of this week’s African Union summit. The ceremony celebrated a state-of-the-art Emergency Operating Center in Addis Ababa designed to support early warning and response systems, deliver technical expertise…

Gabon, Equatorial Guinea agree to end territorial dispute over islands

At COP22, the optimism of a sustainable future collided with a trepidation of shifting political dynamics that cast a shadow on Marrakech. Yet there was another positive development that captured less dramatic headlines: Gabon and Equatorial Guinea ended their 30-year dispute over oil-rich territories that both countries claim. The Gabon-Guinea…

Gabon logging study suggests higher, more accurate carbon measure

Central African forests with logging industry exposure may contain more than three times the carbon-emitting deadwood that’s left behind than previous estimates have suggested. That’s according to a recent study published in Global Change Biology that details the work of a Duke University-led team trying to better understand how to…

Gabon’s Bongo sworn in to new term in Libreville ceremony

President Ali Bongo was sworn in to his second seven-year term in Gabon Tuesday, following a bitterly disputed election contest with opposition candidate Jean Ping. The ceremony at the presidential palace in Libreville came after a late-night decision Friday by the country’s Constitutional Court to uphold results that returned Bongo…

Bongo victory in Gabon meets with muted response

International response was muted Monday following a weekend decision by the Constitutional Court in Gabon to uphold the contested August re-election results that return President Ali Bongo to office. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for restraint and respect for human rights in a statement Sunday, while welcoming Bongo’s appeal…