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Thirteenth iteration of Exercise Obangame Express underway

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The thirteenth iteration of Exercise Obangame Express commenced with an opening ceremony held at the Cadet School of Libreville in Gabon last week. ‘Obangame’ means...

Africa’s three waves of coups

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Generalising about the 100 coups in post-independence Africa is difficult, but common primary drivers can be discerned. The toppling of King Farouk in 1952 by...

Africa can end its rash of military coups

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Military coups were common in Africa during the Cold War, and now seem to be returning. Between January 2020 and August 2023, there were...

Gabonese C295 arrives home

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The lone Airbus C295 transport aircraft ordered by Gabon has arrived home, months after the contract was greenlit. The aircraft (TR-KJF) was tracked leaving Spain...

Gabon’s Garde Republicaine receives four AML-90 armoured vehicles from France

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Gabon has expanded the fleet of its Garde Republicaine with four AML-90 armoured reconnaissance vehicles from France, maintaining the unit’s reputation as the best...

Gabon Air Force to acquire a C295 transport aircraft under a...

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Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba recently gave the greenlight for a CFA31 billion ($52 million) loan to purchase an Airbus C295 military transport aircraft...

More Chinese APCs for Gabon

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Three years after revealing it was operating VN1 8x8 armoured vehicles, Gabon’s military has for the first time displayed new VP11 4x4 vehicles acquired...

Gabon police helicopter stuck in France

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An AS355 helicopter destined for Gabon’s police service is stuck in France as payment has not been made for the aircraft. Gabon Review in late...

CAR SEA allegations see Gabonese soldiers sent home

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The entire Gabonese contingent attached to the UN Mission in Central African Republic (CAR) are to be “sent home immediately” in the wake of...

Crewmember apparently kidnapped by pirates off Gabon

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Pirates operating off Libreville, Gabon, appear to have kidnapped a crewmember after boarding the offshore supply vessel Tampen. Dryad Global reported that the vessel was...

Two killed as Gabon citizens protest coronavirus restrictions

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Two people have died after demonstrations in Gabon’s two major cities, the prime minister said on Friday, as anger over restrictions aimed at curbing...

Banging pots, facing tear gas, Gabon citizens protest at COVID restrictions

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Residents of Gabon’s two major cities took to the streets banging pots and pans for second night on Thursday, in defiance of coronavirus curfew...

Coronavirus confirmed in Gabon and Ghana

Gabon and Ghana confirmed their first coronavirus cases on Thursday, becoming the ninth and tenth countries in sub-Saharan Africa to register positive cases. The region...

Gabon unveils new VN1 armoured vehicles

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Gabon’s Republican Guard (GR) presented VN1 8×8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), manufactured by Chinese company Norinco, for the first time during the country’s Independence...

Gabon gets new maritime operations centre

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Gabon’s navy has accepted a new maritime operations centre (MOC), which was built by the United States Navy’s Seabees. It will support Gabon in...

ISS: Does regime security come ahead of real reform in Gabon?

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Since Gabon’s coup attempt on 7 January, President Ali Bongo Ondimba has been making changes to restore confidence in his government. Bongo, who was...

New Prime Minister for Gabon

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Gabon's President Ali Bongo, who has been out of the country for two months recovering from a stroke, named a new prime minister in...

Gabon arrests four military officers after coup attempt

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Military officers in Gabon staged an apparent coup attempt early on Monday, seizing the state radio station and declaring their dissatisfaction with President Ali...

Gabon state radio seized in apparent coup

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Military officers in Gabon staged an apparent coup attempt on Monday, seizing the state radio station and declaring dissatisfaction with President Ali Bongo, recovering...

Small US military contingent sent to Gabon

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President Donald Trump said US military personnel had deployed to Gabon in response to possible violent demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of Congo following...

Gabon president’s health ‘greatly improved’

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The health of Gabon's President Ali Ben Bongo greatly improved and he is recovering his physical abilities, his office said, after sources...

Counter illicit trafficking training enhances partnerships, protects wildlife

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According to the U.S. State Department, wildlife trafficking, illegal poaching, and transit and trade of natural resources generates more than $10 billion...

Spanish vessel nabbed for shark fishing off Gabon

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The crew of a Spanish tuna fishing vessel were arrested off the coast of Gabon for illegally catching sharks without the proper...

Tanker missing off Gabon

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A tanker with 19 crew on board, mostly Georgians, is missing in pirate-plagued waters off Gabon in West Africa and no word...

New Gabon cabinet

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Gabon's prime minister announced the composition of a new cabinet, just days after the Constitutional Court ordered him to resign for failing...

Gabon prime minister ordered to resign

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Gabon's Constitutional Court ordered the prime minister to resign and the lower house of parliament dissolved after legislative elections scheduled for the...

Gabon returns suspects to Turkey over Gulen links

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Three Turkish nationals detained in Gabon over links to the Fethullah Gulen movement Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup have been...

Belgium deploys NH90 helicopters to Gabon for exercise

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The Belgian Air Force has deployed two NH90 helicopters to Gabon as part of Exercise Tropical Storm, which takes place between 15...

Gabonese man linked to bribe scheme sentenced

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A Gabonese man prosecutors say acted as a "fixer" helping a joint venture involving hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC bribe...

Gabon, U.S. train to fight illicit activity

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Gabonese Armed Forces worked together with U.S. Marines during a training exercise at Camp Mokekou, Gabon, between 10 November and 9 December...

UN identifies 41 Burundi, Gabon troops accused of abuse in CAR

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An internal United Nations inquiry has identified 25 peacekeepers from Burundi and 16 from Gabon accused of sexual abuse and exploitation in...

Gabon doctor who catalogued post-electoral violence detained

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A doctor in Gabon who helped treat and catalogue injuries inflicted on protesters during the violent aftermath of a disputed August election...

War crimes prosecutor to examine situation in Gabon

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The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Thursday she has begun a preliminary examination into the situation in Gabon at...

Gabon opposition leader rejects Bongo’s legitimacy

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Gabon's opposition leader Jean Ping on Thursday called for national talks to form a "new republic" and urged foreign powers to impose...

Paramount hands over Gazelle helicopter, dogs to Gabon

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Paramount Group, via the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, today handed over a donated Gazelle helicopter and specialised anti-poaching dogs to the Gabon National...

French policy shift leaves Gabon’s Bongo in the cold

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In the heyday of former President Omar Bongo, Gabon and its oil wealth were a central pillar of "La Francafrique", a shadowy...

New prime minister named in Gabon

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Gabon President Ali Bongo promoted foreign minister Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet to the post of Prime Minister on Wednesday, a day after Bongo...

Gabon president Bongo sworn in after disputed poll

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Gabon President Ali Bongo was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday and called for unity at a low-key ceremony following...

“Business as usual” Gabon leader says as uneasy calm returns

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Gabon will return to normal after a bitterly disputed election, its newly re-elected President Ali Bongo said, as soldiers patrolled and military...

Gabon braces for violence on eve of election ruling

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The scars from earlier violence in Gabon's palm-lined capital warn of what may lie ahead: the parliament building gutted by fire; the...

Gabon warns opposition against violence ahead of court ruling

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Government officials in Gabon warned opposition leader Jean Ping on Wednesday that he risked arrest if unrest resumes when the Constitutional Court...

AU plans to send observers to Gabon election appeal

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The African Union says it plans to send observers to help Gabon's Constitutional Court with a legal complaint lodged by opposition leader...

Gabon faces “sustained instability” if no presidential vote recount

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If there is no recount of votes in Gabon's presidential election, the country will face "profound and sustained instability", the man who...

Bongo opponents in Gabon face deadline for poll challenge

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Gabon's opposition faced a legal deadline on Thursday to seek a vote recount in an election they say was stolen by President...

Bongo shrugs off calls for a vote recount

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Gabon's re-elected President Ali Bongo shrugged off international calls for a recount of last week's disputed vote saying it was a matter...

African Union says to mediate in Gabon election crisis

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The African Union plans to send a delegation to help resolve a crisis in Gabon where two opposing candidates claim to have...

France concerned about safety of nationals in Gabon

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France expressed concern on Monday about the safety of several of its nationals following violence in its former colony Gabon triggered by...

Gabon opposition leader urges general strike following disputed election

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Gabon's opposition leader on Monday appealed for a general strike in response to what he said was a fraudulent re-election of President...

Gabon’s Ping declares himself president after post-poll riots

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Gabonese opposition candidate Jean Ping declared himself president on Friday, after a disputed election that triggered two days of post-election riots against...

Tension eases in Libreville after riots over disputed election

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Tension eased in Gabon's capital on Saturday after days of deadly rioting triggered by an announcement that President Ali Bongo narrowly won...