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World - Bongo`s fate in the balance as Gabon goes to the polls

The people of Gabon vote Saturday to decide whether President Ali Bongo will remain in office or be unseated by a career diplomat and close associate of his late father, who ran the country for 41 years. The election takes place in a climate of persistent social unrest driven in large part by the economic impact of the slump in the price of oil, which has long dominated Gabon`s economy. Bongo, 57, and ex-African Union Commission chief Jean Ping, 73, who both worked under Omar Bongo until he died in 2009, are seen as the only credible candidates among a field of 10.

Saturday, August 27, 2016  04:57


World - Five things to know about Gabon

One of Africa`s largest oil producers and among the continent`s wealthier nations, small lush Gabon holds a presidential election Saturday at a time of rising social tension due to the global slump in oil prices. The vote sees one of the strongest challenges yet to 50 years of rule by the Bongo family, with incumbent Ali Bongo, who stepped into his father`s shoes on his death in 2009, challenged by a former top African diplomat, ex-African Union Commission chief Jean Ping. Because of its potential to use abundant offshore oil reserves discovered in the 1970s to build a strong middle class, Gabon was once dubbed `central Africa`s little emirate`.

Saturday, August 27, 2016  04:51


World - UK police arrest 5 suspected of terrorism in West Midlands

LONDON (AP) Police in central England have arrested five men on suspicion of commissioning, preparing or instigating acts of terrorism.

Friday, August 26, 2016  19:55

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