Aug 23

Gabon’s president eyes third term as opposition seeks end to Bongo dynasty rule

Gabonese President Ali Bongo has campaigned for re-election in remote corners of the rainforested nation this month, seeking to dispel opposition claims he lacks the strength and track record to fulfil generous electoral promises in a third term. Reuters reports that the the Central African state holds presidential, legislative and local elections on Aug. 26. Of Bongo’s 18 competitors, six have backed a joint candidate in an effort to marshal the opposition vote and end his family’s 56-year grip on power.