Omar Bongo

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Omar Bongo
Bongo in 1973
2nd President of Gabon
In office
2 December 1967 – 8 June 2009
Prime MinisterLéon Mébiame
Casimir Oyé-Mba
Paulin Obame-Nguema
Jean-François Ntoutoume Emane
Jean Eyeghe Ndong
Vice PresidentLéon Mébiame
Didjob Divungi Di Ndinge
Preceded byLéon M'ba
Succeeded byRose Francine Rogombé
2nd Vice-President of Gabon
In office
12 November 1966 – 2 December 1967
PresidentLéon M'ba
Preceded byPaul-Marie Yembit
Succeeded byLéon Mébiame
Personal details
Albert-Bernard Bongo

(1935-12-30)30 December 1935
Lewai, French Equatorial Africa (now Bongoville, Gabon)
Died8 June 2009(2009-06-08) (aged 73)
Barcelona, Spain
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Louise Mouyabi Moukala (1957–1959)
Patience Dabany (1959–1987)[1]
Edith Lucie Bongo (1989–2009)
Children30+ (by various partners), including Ali Bongo Ondimba
Military service
Allegiance France
Branch/serviceFrench Air Force

El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba (born Albert-Bernard Bongo; 30 December 1935 – 8 June 2009) was a Gabonese politician who was President of Gabon for 42 years, from 1967 until his death in 2009. He was promoted to key positions as a young official under Gabon's first President Léon M'ba in the 1960s, before being elected Vice-President in his own right in 1966. In 1967, he succeeded M'ba to become the second President of Gabon, upon the latter's death.

Bongo died in hospital from a heart attack on 8 June 2009 in Barcelona, aged 73.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Clark, John F (1996). "Gabon: Limited Reform and Regime Survival". Political Reform In Francophone Africa. Westview Press. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-8133-2786-0.
  2. "Gabon president dies in Spanish hospital". Globe and Mail. 22 April 2009.