May 26, 1990 |
France airlifted 800 of its 3,000 citizens out of the African oil city of Port Gentil in Gabon after riots against President Omar Bongo spawned widespread looting, officials said. Two people were killed and 17 were injured in the riots, Gabon's official daily L'Union said. Bongo blamed the introduction of a multi-party system for the unrest that began after an opposition party leader's mysterious death.
May 25, 1990 |
Embattled President Omar Bongo moved tanks and troops around his palace Thursday to stop anti-government rioters, and France rushed Foreign Legion reinforcements to this former African colony to guard French citizens here. Rioters set public buildings ablaze and built barricades in Libreville, the capital of the oil-rich West African nation, and in the oil city of Port Gentil, 80 miles southwest of Libreville on the Atlantic coast.
January 5, 1990 |
Gabonese President Omar Bongo, offering cash and an assortment of traditional gifts, married the daughter of the president of the neighboring Congo. State radio said the marriage of Bongo and Edith Sassou Nguesso, a 27-year-old doctor, took place in a family ceremony in Oyo, the home village of President Denis Sassou Nguesso about 250 miles north of Brazzaville.
April 27, 1988 |
A local witch doctor has confessed to having eaten six people, including two of his own children, over the last decade, the Gabonese daily L'Union said Tuesday. It quoted police as saying that 35-year-old Ntem Mba, a railway employee, killed humans and ate their flesh as part of ritual ceremonies. Mba was detained when one of his sons said he was responsible for the recent disappearance of a teacher who had sought his help to solve personal problems.
February 1, 1988 |
Guy Mallett was sunning himself on the beach last election day when some soldiers came along, demanding to know if he had voted. Mallett, an American working for a British bank here, said he had not, pointing out that he wasn't a citizen of Gabon. "Doesn't matter," one soldier told him. So Mallett dutifully got dressed and cast his vote. Gabon may be the only country where foreigners are encouraged to vote--several times if they don't mind.
January 29, 1988 |
In the remotest corners of this jungle-covered nation, antennas sprout from wooden shacks. A pulse of electricity comes from small generators, traveling over lines slung between tree limbs slashed from the forest. Inside those homes is the warm glow of the 20th Century: television. Nearly 400 miles northwest of here, in a seaside palace in the capital, Libreville, President Omar Bongo likes to watch a bit of television, too--when the television cameras are not watching him.
January 12, 1988 |
The French police rounded up 14 exiled opponents of Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Paris last month and dragged them, kicking and screaming, to the airport and a waiting chartered airplane. As the plane took off, some of the refugees vowed to commit suicide, fearing they were being ferried to Iran and to certain execution. But about six hours after leaving wintry Paris, the plane touched down in the tiny, steamy equatorial African country of Gabon, a one-time French colony.
July 25, 1987 |
President Omar Bongo of Gabon will meet with President Reagan next Friday during an official working visit to the United States, the White House announced Friday.
January 26, 1987
The French Finance Ministry, which acts as the secretariat and spokesman for the Paris Club of western creditor nations, gave no details of the amount covered by the agreement, but Gabon's external debt currently totals around $1.2 billion. The rescheduled payments would be made over 10 years, including a four-year grace period.
January 7, 1987 |
Premier Leon Mebiane submitted the resignation of his 59-member Cabinet to President Omar Bongo on Tuesday. The move will allow the president to name a new government to confront Gabon's severe economic crisis.