Gabon. According to
COUNTRYAAH, President Ali Ben Bongo stated in August that he
would donate money he inherited from his father, the late
President Omar Bongo who died in 2009, to a youth
foundation. Two properties in Paris would also be
transferred to the state. But the succession has not taken
place. In France, an investigation has been going on for
several years about how Omar Bongo acquired his wealth.
The play was seen as part of Bongo's attempt to
strengthen his chances for re-election in 2016. A likely
challenger will be the African Union's former Commission
President Jean Ping, who was Foreign Minister for nine years
under Omar Bongo.
In April, riots broke out in the capital Libreville
following the news that opposition leader André Mba Obame,
who lost a disputed 2009 presidential election against Ali
Ben Bongo, has died in neighboring Cameroon. Supporters
claimed he was poisoned. At the beginning of the year, Mba
Obama's party, National Unity, was again allowed to operate.
It was banned in 2011 since Mba Obame continued to claim
that he was deprived of victory.
Continued pressure on oil prices contributed to the
government's decision in October to cut the budget by 14%.