Ali Bongo Ondimba

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Ali Bongo Ondimba
President of Gabon
In office
16 October 2009 – 30 August 2023
Prime MinisterPaul Biyoghé Mba
Raymond Ndong Sima
Daniel Ona Ondo
Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet
Julien Nkoghe Bekale
Rose Christiane Raponda
Alain Claude Bilie By Nze
Preceded byRose Francine Rogombé (Acting)
Omar Bongo
Succeeded byBrice Oligui (as Head of the Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions)
Personal details
Born (1959-02-09) 9 February 1959 (age 65)
Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa (now Congo-Brazzaville)
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Sylvia Valentin
Alma materPantheon-Sorbonne University

Ali Bongo Ondimba (born Alain Bernard Bongo; February 9, 1959)[1] is a Gabonese politician. He was the President of Gabon from 16 October 2009 until he was deposed on 30 August 2023.

On 7 January 2019, soldiers in Gabon launched a coup d’etat attempt. The coup attempt failed, and the government successfully re-asserted control.[2][3]

In October 2018, he was hospitalized due to a stroke in Riyadh.[4] In August 2019, Bongo was hospitalized in London and his health was said to be deteriorating.[4]

In October 2021, Ali Bongo is quoted in the “Pandora papers”, these documents on the use of offshore companies in tax havens, Ali Bongo would have been the beneficiary of two companies now dissolved.

On 30 August 2023, military forces, led by high-ranking officers, took control of key government buildings, communication channels, and strategic points within the capital Libreville. During a televised address around ten military personnel announced the end of Bongo's regime, citing "irresponsible, unpredictable governance" that had led to "a continuous degradation of social cohesion, risking pushing the country into chaos." They announced the annulment of the 2023 Gabonese general election and the dissolution of state institutions, as well as the closure of the country's borders.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "BONGO Ali", GABON: LES HOMMES DE POUVOIR N°4, Africa Intelligence, 5 March 2002 (in French).
  2. "Gabon's government quashes coup attempt, killing 2, officials say". CBC News. Associated Press. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  3. Rupiya, Martin R. "Three reasons why the Gabon coup failed". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Gabon President Hospitalized in London as Health Deteriorates". Bloomberg. September 2, 2019.
  5. "Military announce coup in Gabon as senior officers seize power after presidential election". Reuters. 30 August 2023. Retrieved 30 August 2023.

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