President Bongo is operating for a 3rd time period after ruling the nation for nearly 14 years with out presidential time period limits.
Gabon has confirmed the candidacy of 19 folks, together with President Ali Bongo and several other former ministers, for subsequent month’s presidential election, the election fee stated.
Bongo’s candidacy was permitted regardless of opposition claims that he was unfit for the presidency. He suffered a stroke in October 2018 and was flown to Morocco for medical therapy.
The president of the Gabonese Election Middle, Michael Stephen Bonda, stated on Sunday that 27 functions had been acquired and 19 permitted by the deadline for submitting nomination papers.
Bongo got here to energy in a disputed 2009 election after the demise of his father, Omar Bongo – who had been in energy for 42 years – and received re-election in 2016. Each election victories had been disputed by the opposition, who stated he received by fraud.
He’s operating for a 3rd time period in a rustic with no constitutional time period limits.
Former Mines Minister Alexandre Barro Chamberier is seen as Bongo’s principal challenger. The Paris-born economist is contesting the presidential election for the primary time.
Different candidates embody Pierre-Claire Maganga Moussou, founder and president of the Social Democratic Social gathering, and Raymond Ndong Sima, former prime minister.
Campaigning for the presidential election will start on August 11 and voting will likely be held on August 26.
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