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Gabon: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Mark Oaten Mark Oaten Liberal Democrat, Winchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political situation in Gabon following the death of Omar Bongo.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Following the death of President Bongo, the Gabonese constitutional court has appointed the leader of the senate, Rose Francine Rogombé, as the acting head of state. This is in accordance with the constitution of Gabon. In line with the constitution, she will now have 45 days to organise elections in which she is ineligible to stand. The situation in Gabon is currently calm.

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