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Anger At France During Bongo’s Funeral June 20, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — kikenileda @ 6:46 PM

Gabonese citizens on Tuesday 16 June expressed anger at
France as some of them jeered French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, who
joined several other world leaders at the state funeral of late
Gabonese President, Omar Bongo Ondimba.
When Sarkozy arrived at the
presidential palace in Libreville some people applauded but boos from
the crown soon took over, correspondent reports said.
At least a dozen African leaders also answered president to give their last respect to their fallen colleague.
The corpse is expected to be flown to his home town in Franceville for burial Thursday 18 June.


Sarkozy was joined in the capital by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and former French President Jacques Chirac.
Two
other African leaders who are the focus of the same inquiry, Denis
Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of Congo and Teodoro Obiang Nguema of
Equatorial Guinea also attended the funeral in Libreville.

Sarkozy was joined in the capital by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and former French President Jacques Chirac.
Two
other African leaders who are the focus of the same inquiry, Denis
Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of Congo and Teodoro Obiang Nguema of
Equatorial Guinea also attended the funeral in Libreville.

The
presidents of Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central
African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Senegal,
Sao Tome and Togo were also present.
Also present for the ceremony
was African Union Commission President Jean Ping, a Gabonese who some
analysts have speculated could be a contender in the forthcoming
presidential election.

Omar Bongo

Omar Bongo: End Of An Era

Uncertainty reigns
The
death of Omar Bongo has plunged Gabon into a feeling of uncertainty. It
is up to the people to move forward and prepare for life without Bongo.
Officially, Gabon thus takes refuge behind "constitutional legality" to
manage the succession.

But already the respect with the letter
of the fundamental law appears compromised. The text provides that the
poll is held before 45 days, a time which appears probably impossible.
The electoral rolls are not up to date, and the material is not ready.
So it appears that the election will be a slow process ripe for
corruption and voter fraud.

Who will succeed Omar Bongo? Will it
be Paul Toungui the ambitious son-in-law and husband of Pascaline
Bongo? Will it be Ali Ben Bongo, the son who feels that he's the
natural to succeed his father or one of the several contenders who have
been tipped?

 

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