Gabon. According to
countryaah, the government was reformed in February after the
Constitutional Court affirmed the outcome of the December
2011 parliamentary elections, when the ruling party PDG
(Gabon's Democratic Party) won a landslide victory.
Agriculture Minister Raymond Ndong Sima became prime
minister, the first in the post that did not belong to the
In France, judges went on to investigate how Gabon's late
President Omar Bongo and his immediate circle were able to
acquire a number of luxury properties in the country. This
is after a report from the non-profit organization
Transparency International, which combats corruption.
President Ali Ben Bongo, who in 2009 succeeded his father
Omar as head of state, announced in October that the former
French colony was considering introducing English as a
second language. The statement was preceded by a visit to
Rwanda that had done this before.
Opposition leader André Mba Obame, who claims he won the
2009 presidential election, returned to the country in
August after 14 months in exile.
Nearly five tons of seized ivory were burned in June. The
president lit the fire to show that Gabon is serious about
fighting poaching. Falling oil production means that the
government wants to develop other sectors, including the
Gabon was elected to the UN Human Rights Council in
November. Gabonese Jean Ping, who since 2008 was the African
Union Commission President, resigned from the post when he
was defeated by South Africa's candidate.
At the beginning of the year, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea
hosted the African Football Championships.