Ailing Gabon president returns to Morocco for rehabilitation
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's ailing President Ali Bongo Ondimba has returned to Morocco to continue his recovery after a brief visit home, an official and a relative said Thursday.
The relative said Bongo returned to Morocco late Tuesday after swearing in a new government. A Cabinet member confirmed it. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
The Cabinet member said Bongo's recovery from a reported stroke has been strong.
Gabon’s ailing president returns for government swearing-in
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who has been out of the country for health reasons since October, has returned for the swearing-in of his new government.
Bongo's return comes a week after an attempted coup by officers with the Republican Guard. Two of the plotters were killed and four others were arrested and face life sentences, authorities have said.
Gabon prosecutor says coup plotters face life imprisonment
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's prosecutor general says the arrested coup plotters face life imprisonment under Gabon's penal code.
Olivier N'Zahou said late Wednesday that six individuals staged the coup attempt, including a gendarme who was on duty at the station and was convinced to join the movement at the time of the attempt. Another Republican Guard member joined them as well. He said two were killed and the other four arrested.
Gabon’s ruling party says president to return ‘very soon’
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's ruling party says ailing President Ali Bongo Ondimba will return to the country "very soon" after a coup attempt early this week.
Gabonese Democratic Party secretary-general Eric Dodo Bounguendza spoke after authorities inspected the bloody scene where soldiers briefly took over the state radio station on Monday. The Republican Guard members encouraged youth to help them "restore democracy" in the oil-rich country.
Gabon officials inspect radio building of attempted coup
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon officials are inspecting the country's state radio station where security officers thwarted a coup attempt by army soldiers on Monday.
Students in the capital, Libreville, returned to schools Tuesday, markets opened, the radio was back on air and phone lines were restored as President Ali Bongo Ondimba's government retained control.
Government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou said two coup plotters were killed and eight others were arrested in the attempted coup.
Gabon’s ailing leader meets, reassures officials on health
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's government has broadcast new images of its ailing head of state, President Ali Bongo Ondimba, in his second public appearance since his hospitalization in Saudi Arabia in October and transfer to Morocco last week for convalescence.
The broadcast late Tuesday shows the 59-year-old, seated in profile, receiving a Gabonese delegation.
Gabon’s president makes 1st public appearance since illness
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's government has released a video showing President Ali Bongo Ondimba meeting with Morocco's king in his first public appearance since Bongo fell ill in October.
The video shared late Monday shows the men sitting and chatting in front of their national flags as King Mohammed VI visited Bongo, who is recovering at a Rabat hospital.
Gabon’s president transfers to Morocco for further treatment
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's government says President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who has been in treatment in Saudi Arabia for more than a month, will be transferred to Morocco on Wednesday to continue treatment.
The statement says Bongo feels better and "is in full possession of all his faculties." Bongo's wife, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, says in a message on Twitter that the transfer to Morocco was possible due to "a very significant improvement" in his health.
Gabon: Government says president recovering in Saudi Arabia
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba is recovering from an undisclosed illness in Saudi Arabia and still performing his duties, according to a statement released Sunday amid mounting speculation about his health.
Hackers claim to take down oil company website over soccer
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Hackers said they took out the website of French oil company Total on Sunday over its sponsorship of the ongoing African Cup of Nations soccer tournament in the central African country of Gabon.
The hackers said they targeted Total because of its backing of the African Cup in Gabon after President Ali Bongo Ondimba retained power in disputed and violent elections last year.
Hackers claim to have shut down African Cup website
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — A group of hackers claiming to be based in Russia said Saturday they had shut down the website of the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament in a protest at organizers holding it in the "dictatorship" of Gabon, where President Ali Bongo Ondimba retained power in disputed and violent elections last year.
African Cup returns to exotic Gabon, but with air of unease
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With an air of unease hanging over the tournament, the African Cup of Nations returns to Gabon for the second time in five years.
Opposition parties in the oil-rich central African nation have stated their intention to use African soccer's biggest show as an opportunity to express their grievances against Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who retained power in a tense election last August that led to about 100 deaths on the streets, according to opposition claims.
African Cup draw: Ivory Coast to face former coach Renard
Defending champion Ivory Coast was drawn against Morocco and former coach Herve Renard in the group stage of next year's African Cup of Nations, which organizers say will go ahead in Gabon despite deadly violence there following a disputed presidential election.
Gabon names new Cabinet after disputed presidential vote
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's new prime minister has named the country's new government after a disputed election that saw President Ali Bongo Ondimba re-elected for a second term by a narrow margin.
Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet late Sunday announced the 40-member Cabinet that includes at least four members of the moderate opposition. They include the third-place candidate from the Aug. 27 election, Bruno Ben Moubamba.
Gabon gets anti-poaching helicopter from South African group
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African foundation is providing a helicopter and other anti-poaching equipment to Gabon, whose forest elephants have been heavily targeted by traffickers.
The Ichikowitz Family Foundation said Thursday that it will also provide ranger training and establish a dog-training academy program in Gabon. The announcement was made during a Johannesburg meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES.
ICC to look into Gabon situation at government’s request
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says she will conduct a preliminary investigation into the situation in Gabon, as requested by the government.
Thursday's announcement comes shortly after a disputed election gave incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba a narrow victory.
Deadly protests erupted after preliminary results were announced Aug. 31. The opposition blamed security forces for many deaths.
Gabon’s President Bongo sworn in after disputed election
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba has been sworn in for a second seven-year term keeping his family's dynasty in place for decades after winning re-election by a slim margin in a disputed vote.
Bongo on Tuesday vowed to defend the constitution and to be fair to all. He called for political dialogue with the opposition. But opposition candidate Jean Ping has rejected dialogue, accusing Bongo's ruling party of vote-rigging.
Gabon opposition candidate decries high court ruling
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Opposition candidate Jean Ping vowed to not back down from his pursuit of the presidency hours after the constitutional court upheld the victory of incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba, whose family has been in power for nearly half a century.
Gabon high court upholds incumbent leader Bongo’s victory
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's constitutional court upheld incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba's victory in last month's disputed election early Saturday, raising fears of continued unrest as the Bongo family extended its political dynasty of nearly half a century in the oil-rich country.
France urges transparency in Gabon vote’s court challenge
PARIS (AP) — France's foreign minister says Gabon's constitutional court must assess a challenge to the outcome of the nation's presidential election with "transparency and impartiality."
Jean-Marc Ayrault said in a statement Friday the high court of the former French colony must consider the challenge brought by opposition candidate Jean Ping, who accuses incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba of fraud.
Dispute intensifies over Gabon presidential election
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — The dispute over Gabon's presidential election intensified Thursday as opposition candidate Jean Ping mounted a legal challenge, accusing the incumbent leader of fraud.
The filing at the constitutional court was lodged by the Thursday deadline, according to a Ping lawyer, Jean Remy Bantsantsa.
Ping, who seeks to unseat the family that has ruled this oil-rich Central African country for more than four decades, already has publicly declared himself the winner.
Gabon’s president accuses challenger of fraud, power grab
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's president on Wednesday tried to deflect European Union observers' findings of a voting anomaly in his stronghold province that pushed him over the edge to win re-election, accusing his lead opponent of ballot fraud and a plot to seize power.
EU observers note anomaly in Gabon voter turnout results
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — The European Union observation mission in Gabon said Tuesday it noted an anomaly in voting results from the president's stronghold province that pushed him over the edge to win re-election by a slim margin.
French premier says recount of Gabon elections would be wise
PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister says that a recount of the Gabon presidential election results would be wise and that "the electoral process should be clear" amid fraud allegations.
Gabon's top opposition candidate, Jean Ping, declared Friday that he was the rightful winner of the election, calling the results for the Aug. 27 vote fraudulent following President Ali Bongo Ondimba's re-election.
France expresses concerns for citizens in Gabon
PARIS (AP) — France's foreign minister says the country's authorities have not heard from several French citizens in Gabon in the last few days amid post-presidential election tension.
Jean-Marc Ayrault said in a Monday statement that "some arrests have been made in recent days." He said that France is deeply concerned "and wants to be able to exercise consular protection."
Gabon opposition candidate Ping says he won election
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's top opposition candidate Jean Ping declared Friday that he was the rightful winner of the presidential election, accusing the country's incumbent leader of using fraud to cling to power.
The move sets the stage for a protracted dispute over the election, as President Ali Bongo Ondimba also has declared victory.
Hundreds detained, 3 dead in Gabon election protests
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's newly re-elected president sought to assert authority Thursday as the presidential guard attacked the opposition candidate's party headquarters amid fiery protests that have seen three killed, hundreds detained and the internet blocked.
The opposition quickly alleged election fraud after results announced Wednesday showed that a family dynasty stretching back to the 1960s would remain in power in this oil-rich Central African country.
Gabon president re-elected; buildings are looted, burned
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's president has narrowly won re-election, election officials said Wednesday, keeping alive a family dynasty in this oil-rich Central African country that reaches back to the 1960s. Clashes quickly broke out in the capital as opposition supporters claimed election fraud, looting and burning buildings.
Tension mounts as Gabon awaits results of presidential vote
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Security forces fanned out across Gabon's capital and residents stockpiled food on Tuesday as the central African country awaited results of a hotly contested presidential election.
Challenger warns of ‘manipulations’ in Gabon election
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's most high-profile opposition candidate has warned of possible tampering with the outcome of Saturday's presidential election, potentially increasing tensions as this central African nation awaits an official tally.
Challenger predicts victory as Gabon awaits vote results
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's most prominent opposition candidate said Sunday that early results show he will win this central African country's presidential election, though official results have not been announced.
"The general trends indicate we are the winner of this important presidential election," Jean Ping, a former chair of the African Union Commission, told reporters Sunday afternoon.
Voting closes in Gabon where president vies to extend power
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Voting closed Saturday evening in Gabon, where the president is vying for re-election and voters weighed whether to maintain a family dynasty that stretches back to the 1960s.
Gabon’s president seeks re-election to extend family rule
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's president is looking to extend his family's rule of the central African nation past the 50-year mark by winning a second term in an election Saturday.
Ali Bongo Ondimba took power in 2009 following the death of his father, Omar Bongo, who ruled the oil-producing country of about 1.5 million people for more than 40 years.