Monday, June 8, 2009

Gabon's Leader Dead?

Gabon's leader Bongo dead at 73

BBC — President of Gabon Omar Bongo - Africa's longest serving leader - has died aged 73.
His death was confirmed by the country's Prime Minister Jean Eyeghe Ndong in a written statement.
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Bongo not dead, Gabon's PM says

CNN — Gabon's President Omar Bongo, Africa's longest-serving ruler, is not dead, the country's prime minister said Monday, contradicting reports from Gabonese and French media.
Prime Minister Jean Eyeghe Ndong "deplored" French media reports that Bongo had died, saying he had met the president Monday morning.
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Gabon: Omar Bongo is dead, long live France-Afrique?

Afrik — According to French government sources, Gobonese President Omar Bongo passed away Sunday June 7, 2009 after 41 years in power. With his passing, an era of Franco-African relations comes to a screeching halt. It would come as no surprise that many would welcome his inability to do a proper hand over to ensure continuity. Others will surely be biting their lips. An epilogue of an African saga.
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