Gabon: Calm restored, coup leaders arrested

Gabon: Calm restored, coup leaders arrested

There were troubling reports from Gabon early Monday – and concerns over a coup – as soldiers took over national radio to announce their disappointment with President Ali Bongo’s New Year’s Eve message to the nation, and their demands for a “restoration council.” There were unconfirmed reports from Gabon’s media…

Gabon’s Bongo sends New Year message from Morocco

Gabon’s Bongo sends New Year message from Morocco

President Ali Bongo of Gabon greeted the new year with a video message for his nation, sent while he continues medical treatment in Morocco. Bongo touched on economic policies enacted in 2018 before acknowledging that there has been much speculation about his health, and assuring citizens in his West African…

Gabon’s Bongo set to arrive in Morocco for medical care

Gabon’s Bongo set to arrive in Morocco for medical care

President Ali Bongo of Gabon is due to arrive in Morocco on Wednesday to continue his medical convalescence, according to information provided by the Gabonese first lady, Sylvia Bongo. He’ll travel to Rabat from King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh, where he has been treated for what is reported to be…

AU calls for calm in Gabon over interim Bongo replacement

The head of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said Saturday that he is deeply concerned about instability in the West African nation of Gabon as its leader remains hospitalized. Faki, alongside AU President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, wished President Ali Bongo a full recovery in an announcement made…

Gabon admits Bongo is seriously ill in Saudi Arabia

After nearly three weeks, Gabonese government spokesman Ike Ngouoni admitted Sunday that President Ali Bongo was seriously ill but is now recovering in a hospital in Saudi Arabia. Bongo has remained under care in Riyadh since an October 23 trip to attend the “Davos in the Desert” investment forum. The latest…

Poll finds fear, distrust in Gabon ahead of legislative elections

Gabon’s 2016 election returned President Ali Bongo to office for a seven-year term while also bringing violence to the streets of Libreville. It left questions over the legitimacy of Bongo’s defeat of opposition candidate Jean Ping, and bitter divisions that his efforts at national dialogue ahead of postponed parliamentary elections…

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…

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…

Françafrique’s Poisonous Legacy

France and Africa have a long and intertwined history. As a former colonial ruler, France still possesses considerable influence and power in its former colonies to this very day, but the connections between Paris and its former colonial brethren are deeper than commonly assumed. The entanglement – a concept referred…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.