Gabon President Ali Bongo has announced plans to seek a third term in office in next month’s presidential election. General elections are scheduled for August 26.
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In February this year Bongo who could remain in power for many years to come proposed shortening the presidential mandate from seven to five years.
His proposal was part of efforts to reduce tension and prevent violence following more than two days of deadly unrest in the aftermath of elections in 2016 when the opposition rejected his victory and alleged fraud at the time.
There is no opposition coalition in August elections despite 20 candidates announcing their intention to run against Bongo.
Ali Bongo has had past medical concerns after suffering stroke in 2018 during a trip to Saudi Arabia. That plunged the country into governance crisis.
It resulted in a failed coup forcing him to return home quickly to re-assure citizens and swear in his new government.
After spending a few days in hospital in Saudi Arabia, Bongo received most of his medical treatment in Morocco.
Sourced from Africa Feeds