President Bongo is standing for a 3rd time period after ruling a rustic with no presidential time period limits for nearly 14 years.
Gabon has validated the candidacies of 19 individuals, together with President Ali Bongo and several other former ministers, for a presidential election subsequent month, the election fee says.
Bongo’s candidacy was authorised regardless of opposition claims that he’s unfit for the presidency. He suffered a stroke in October 2018 and was flown to Morocco for medical remedy.
The president of the Gabonese Elections Middle, Michel Stephane Bonda, stated on Sunday that 27 purposes have been obtained by the deadline for submitting nomination papers and 19 have been authorised.
Bongo got here to energy in a contentious 2009 election after the loss of life of his father, Omar Bongo – who had been in energy for 42 years – and received re-election in 2016. Each election wins have been disputed by the opposition, who stated he received fraudulently.
He’s standing for a 3rd time period in a rustic that has no constitutional time period limits.
Former Mines Minister Alexandre Barro Chambrier is seen as Bongo’s essential challenger. The Paris-born economist is participating within the presidential election for the primary time.
Different candidates embrace Pierre-Claver Maganga Moussavou, founder and president of the Social Democratic Social gathering, and Raymond Ndong Sima, former prime minister.
The marketing campaign for the presidential election will begin on August 11, and the voting will happen on August 26.