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Gabon parliament paves way for Bongo to stay in power indefinitely

Lawmakers are at odds, with growing public protests calling for an end to the President Ali Bongo dynasty.

Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic. Picture: United Nations Photo.

PRETORIA - Gabon’s Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to lift the presidential term limit allowing President Ali Bongo to stay in power indefinitely.

The lawmakers are at odds with growing public protests calling for an end to the Bongo dynasty.

Gabonese are saying “That’s Enough”, with an increase in regularity and volume, they are referring to the 50-year Bongo dynasty.

Bongo came to power in 2009 on the death of his father, Omar Bongo, who’d been at the helm for 42 years.

Oil and mineral-rich Gabon has the highest per capita income in Africa, but the average disguises the reality.

The United Nation says 60% of the 1.7 million Gabonese live below the poverty line, while youth unemployment is at 37%.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)