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  A country in West Africa south of Cameroon with an area of 103,000 sq. mls. The capital is Libreville.
 (WSJ, 1/2/98, p.8)(SSFC, 10/5/03, p.D10)

Gabon Page: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/Country_Specific/Gabon.html
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1856        Aug, Paul Du Chaillu, French-American journalist and hunter, hired a large number of men and women from the Mbondemo tribe to hunt for gorillas in Gabon.
    (ON, 11/04, p.11)

1856        Sep 2, Paul Du Chaillu (1831-1903), French-American journalist and hunter, shot and killed his 1st gorilla in Gabon. Over the next 3 years he killed 31 gorillas. In 1861 he published “Explorations & Adventures in Equatorial Africa."
    (ON, 11/04, p.12)

1913        Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) and his wife Hélène moved to Gabon and opened a hospital in Lambarene, on the banks of the Ogooue River. The area was then know as French Equatorial Africa. He later expanded it with money from his 1952 Nobel Peace Prize. Born near Alsace, Germany, Schweitzer decided to devote himself to providing health care to people in Africa at the age of 30. Schweitzer also spoke out against the dangers of nuclear weapons, became an organist and expert on Johann Sebastian Bach, and served as a church pastor and university professor. He lived by the principle of "reverence for life."
    (HNPD, 9/4/98)(T&L, 10/80, p. 162)

1952        Oct 30, Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize but only received it in 1953. Schweitzer and his wife Hélène had moved to Gabon (French Equatorial Africa) in 1913 and opened a hospital in Lambaréné, which he later expanded with money from the Nobel Peace Prize.
    (AP, 10/30/97)(HNPD, 9/4/98)

1958        Nov 28, Chad, Gabon and Middle Congo, became autonomous republics within the French community. The Middle Congo province of French Equatorial Africa voted to proclaim itself independent as the Congo Republic (Brazzaville).
    (AP, 11/28/97)

1960        Aug 17, Gabon became independence from France. Leon M'Ba, head of the Gabon Democratic Block, became the 1st president.
    (PC, 1992, p.973)(WSJ, 1/24/97, p.A14)(EWH, 1st ed., p.1173)

1965        Sep 4, Philosopher, musician, doctor, theologian and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer died in Lambaréné, Gabon. Born near Alsace, Germany, in 1875, Schweitzer decided to devote himself to providing health care to people in Africa at the age of 30. Schweitzer and his wife Hélène moved to Gabon in 1913 and opened a hospital in Lambaréné, which he later expanded with money from the Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded in 1952. Schweitzer also spoke out against the dangers of nuclear weapons, became an organist and expert on Johann Sebastian Bach, and served as a church pastor and university professor. He lived by the principle of "reverence for life."
    (HNPD, 9/4/98)

1965        French paratroopers re-established order.
    (WSJ, 1/24/97, p.A14)

1966        The Brazzaville Treaty became effective after it was ratified by the five member countries: Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Republic of Congo, and Gabon.

1967        Dec 2, In Gabon Pres. Omar Bongo began ruling upon the death of Leon M'Ba. Jacques Foccart, architect of French policy in Africa, helped to handpick Omar Bongo.
    (WSJ, 12/10/96, p.A22)(SFC, 3/20/97, p.A24)(AP, 11/30/05)

1972        Scientists discovered an extinct natural nuclear reactor in a uranium mine in Gabon. Research revealed it had operated intermittently for a few million years from about 2 billion years ago.
    (SFC, 11/29/04, p.A4)

1976         The Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC) was established and included six members of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa: Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
    (AP, 9/23/09)

1993        Pres. Bongo suppressed protests on his re-election victory that was described as an “electoral coup d’etat."
    (WSJ, 12/10/96, p.A22)

1996        Oct 31, An outbreak of the Ebola virus killed at least 17 people. It was the 4th outbreak  in Africa since 1995.
    (SFC, 11/1/96, p.A21)(SFEC, 11/10/96, p.T5)

1996        Dec 10, Pres. Bongo was believed to be among the world’s richest individuals.
    (WSJ, 12/10/96, p.A22)

1996        Dec 25, Officials said that Pres. Bongo’s ruling party swept 47 of 55 parliamentary seats in elections last week.
    (SFC, 12/26/96, p.B4)

1997        May 17, From Gabon it was reported that controlled logging in the tropical forests has led to savage territorial wars among the native chimpanzees. The population was estimated to have dropped from 50,000 to 30,000.
    (SFC, 5/17/97, p.A4)

1998        Dec 6, In Gabon Pres. Omar Bongo (63) won the election for a new 7-year term. He received 66% of the vote with clear ballot stuffing.
    (SFC, 12/9/98, p.B8)(SFC, 12/18/98, p.D2)

1998        Dec 17, Karen Phillips (37), a US Peace Corps worker from Philadelphia, was raped and stabbed to death in Oyem. 3 people were arrested in connection with her death.
    (SFEC, 12/20/98, p.C10)

2001        Dec 2, An outbreak of Ebola virus hit Gabon with the 1st death in Ekata, about 5 miles from the Congo border. Within weeks at least 15 people died. The virus spread to Congo and movement in the area was restricted.
    (SFC, 12/21/01, p.A5)

2001        Dec 9, An outbreak of the Ebola virus was confirmed in the Ogoouer Ivindo province of Gabon. 7 deaths were reported.
    (SFC, 12/10/01, p.A3)

2002        Jan 10, In Gabon a medical team fled the site of an Ebola outbreak following threats after they insisted that villagers not touch corpses at funerals.
    (WSJ, 1/11/02, p.A1)

2002        Jun 25, The WHO reported that experts investigating a possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Republic of Congo have found four suspected cases in neighboring Gabon.
    (AP, 625/02)

2002        Sep 5, In Gabon US Sec. of State Colin Powell talked into the night with the Pres. Omar Bongo about the country's commitment to preserve its lush forests, peace efforts and the IMF.
    (AP, 9/6/02)

2002        Dec 23, More than 100 Gabonese students took over their embassy in Senegal, trapping three diplomats overnight to protest unpaid scholarships.
    (AP, 12/24/02)

2002        Pres. Omar Bongo decided to preserve a tenth of Gabon's 103,000 square miles in 13 nature preserves based on stories and photographs by Mike Fay and Nick Nichols.
    (SSFC, 10/5/03, p.D10)
2002        French president Jacques Chirac received three million euros ($4 million) from Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo to finance his electoral campaign. This was made public in 2011 by Robert Bourgi, a lawyer with a network of African contacts who advised Chirac before changing camps in 2005 to aid French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Bourgi also named Senegal's Abdoulaye Wade, Burkina Faso's Blaise Compaore, and Congo-Brazzaville's Denis Sassou Nguesso and Gabon's Omar Bongo as contributors. Bourgi later said he was mistaken concerning (Senegal's president) Abdoulaye Wade and his son" Karim Wade.
    (AFP, 9/12/11)(AP, 9/26/11)

2004        Jan 31, China’s oil-refining boss signed a deal to buy crude oil from Gabon. Pres. Hu Jintao visited Gabon the next day.
    (Econ, 2/7/04, p.45)

2004        Jun 8, In Gabon a small airliner crashed after takeoff from Libreville. At least 14 of 30 people aboard were killed.
    (WSJ, 6/9/04, p.A1)

2005        Nov 27, Gabon President Omar Bongo, Africa's longest-serving ruler, was re-elected to another seven-year term in office with a landslide 79% of the vote.
    (AP, 11/29/05)

2005        Dec 1, Researchers in Gabon reported that 3 species of fruit bats served as the animal reservoir of the Ebola virus. The deadly disease 1st emerged in 1976.
    (SFC, 12/1/05, p.A7)

2006        Jan 19, President Omar Bongo (69) of Gabon, was sworn in for another 7-year term. Bongo has been president since Dec. 2, 1967, taking over upon the death of Leon M'Ba, the country's only other head of state since independence from France in 1960. Gabon produces about 290,000 barrels of oil a day and boasts sub-Saharan Africa's third largest reserves, around 2.5 billion barrels. Half the country still lives below the poverty line.
    (AP, 1/19/06)

2006        Mar 22, A ferry carrying 150 passengers sank off the coast of Cameroon, and 23 people were rescued. The rest were feared dead. The was bound for Gabon from Nigeria with passengers from Burkina Faso, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.
    (AP, 3/23/06)(SFC, 3/24/06, p.A12)

2006        Nov 18, Gabonese President Omar Bongo said in a statement that the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) had "acceded to a request from the Central African Republic authorities to intervene in securing conflict zones." CEMAC's members include the Central African Republic, Chad, Gabon, Congo, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.
    (AFP, 11/18/06)

2006        Dec 7, Researchers said the Ebola virus may have killed more than 5,000 gorillas in West Africa (Congo-Gabon), enough to send them into extinction if people continue to hunt them.
    (Reuters, 12/7/06)

2006        Dec 27, Gabon's Constitutional Court confirmed President Omar Bongo Ondimba's camp as official winner of the nation's general elections held December 17 and 24.
    (AFP, 12/27/06)

2007        Apr 26, Six central African countries (Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Congo) plan to launch a common passport in July, permitting the free movement of goods and people across their borders.
    (AFP, 4/26/07)

2009        Jan 17, A helicopter carrying 10 French soldiers crashed off the coast of Gabon in central Africa. At least 2 survived and 2 were killed as rescuers searched for 6 missing.
    (AP, 1/17/09)

2009        Jan 30, In Libreville, Gabon, leaders of the six Central African states (Cameroon, Chad, Gabon, CAR, Congo, Equatorial Guinea), began meeting to discuss closer economic ties, including the creation of a new regional airline. The Economic and Monetary Union of Central Africa, known as CEMAC, planned discussions on such issues as monetary reform and the free movement of citizens.
    (AFP, 1/30/09)

2009        Apr 19, The annual Goldman Environmental Prize was awarded to 7 activists from 6 nations. Rizwana Hasan (40) of Bangladesh was awarded for exposing environmental damage and exploitative practices used in the country’s ship dismantling industry; Marc Ona Essangui (45) of Gabon, the founder of Brainforest, was awarded for exposing secret agreements for a Chinese mine project that threatened Gabon’s rain forests; Yuyun Ismawati of Indonesia was awarded for designing environmentally safe waste management systems for poor Indonesia n communities; Olga Speranskaya (46) of Eco-Accord in Russia was awarded for her efforts to control and store chemicals in Russia and former Soviet republics; Wanze Eduards (52) and Hugo Jabini (44) of Suriname, leaders of the maroon community, were awarded for their efforts that led to a landmark ruling ending tribal exploitation by the government. Maria Gunnoe (40) of West Virginia was awarded for her fight against the practice of removing of the tops of mountains and filing valleys below with tailings.
    (SSFC, 4/19/09, p.A18)

2009        May 5, A French judge decided to investigate three African heads of state for money laundering and other alleged crimes linked to their wealth in France. The probe follows a complaint by Transparency International France, an association that tracks corruption, against Gabon's Omar Bongo, Republic of Congo's Denis Sassou-Nguesso and Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea.
    (AP, 5/6/09)

2009        Jun 8, Gabon Pres. Omar Bongo (b.1935), the world's longest-serving president, died at a hospital in Spain. His 42-year rule reflected an era when Africa was ruled by "Big Men." He left behind at least 66 bank accounts. The first family owned 45 homes in France, including at least 14 in Paris and 11 on the French Riviera. And they boasted of 19 or more luxury cars, including a Bugatti sports model that cost the Republic of Gabon $1.5 million.
    (AP, 6/8/09)(AP, 6/20/09)(Econ, 6/20/09, p.90)

2009        Jun 10, In Gabon Senate chief Rose Francine Rogombe was sworn in as the country's interim president, the first time in more than four decades that anyone except the late leader Omar Bongo has held power.
    (AP, 6/10/09)

2009        Aug 30, Gabon held free elections for the first time in more than 41 years. 18 candidates vied to replace the late President Omar Bongo, who ruled for more than four decades and ran as the only candidate in many elections. The leading contender was the dead ruler's son, Ali Bongo Ondimba (50). He put up posters of himself every 30 feet (9 meters) on the capital's main highway and crisscrossed the country in a private jet to campaign. On Sep 3 Ali Bongo Ondimba was declared the winner with 41.7% of the vote.
    (AP, 8/30/09)(AP, 9/3/09)

2009        Sep 3, The government of Gabon declared the eldest son of the late dictator Omar Bongo the winner of weekend presidential elections, triggering a rampage in a coastal city and allegations of fraud. Interior Minister Jean-Francois Ndongou said Ali Bongo, the country's defense minister who campaigned from a private jet and plastered the capital with billboards, won with 41.7% of the vote. The top two opposition leaders — Andre Mba Obame and Pierre Mamboundou — were nearly tied, receiving 25.8% and 25.2% of the vote respectively. On Sep 4 Gabon’s constitutional court confirmed Bongo’s election.
    (AP, 9/3/09)(SFC, 9/5/09, p.A2)

2009        Sep 7, Gabon's main opposition parties demanded authorities conduct a recount of a disputed election the government said was won by the son of the country's long-ruling president.
    (AP, 9/7/09)

2009        Sep 9, Gabon’s opposition claimed that violence in Port-Gentil, Gabon's second city, claimed 15 lives after last week's disputed presidential election, far more than the official toll provided by the government.
    (AFP, 9/9/09)

2009        Sep 30, A spokesman said the US military has begun an exercise in Gabon with personnel from 25 African countries to improve command and control between forces for possible peacekeeping or anti-terrorism missions. Africom, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, formally activated last October, sponsored the exercise.
    (AP, 9/30/09)

2009        Oct 12, Gabon's constitutional court said Ali Bongo, the son of the country's longtime dictator, won the Aug. 30 presidential elections that opposition candidates said were fraudulent.
    (AP, 10/13/09)

2010        Aug 14, Gabon signed contracts worth 4.5 billion dollars (3.5 billion euros) with Indian and Singaporean companies for infrastructure projects. The investments were expected to generate some 50,000 jobs.
    (AFP, 8/19/10)

2010        Nov 9, France's highest court authorized a probe into the assets of three African heads of state, after two rights groups' alleged that the leaders laundered money through French villas, cars and bank accounts. The probe will target Gabon's late leader Omar Bongo, the Republic of Congo's President Denis Sassou-Nguesso and President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea.
    (AP, 11/9/10)

2010        Nov 19, In the Republic of Congo 8 countries signed a convention to limit the spread of weapons in central Africa, but three countries opted out. Angola, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, The Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe all signed. Burundi, Equatorial Guinea and Rwanda did not sign.
    (AFP, 11/20/10)

2011        Jan 20, WWF officials said Gabon has arrested five people, four Nigerians and a woman from Benin. who were found with the heads of 12 chimpanzees and an endangered gorilla. The seizure was the largest of its kind in a decade.
    (AP, 1/21/11)

2011        Jan 25, Gabon’s opposition leader Andre Mba Obame took the oath of office declaring himself the new leader, challenging the authority of President Ali Bongo, the son of Gabon's longtime dictator who died in June 2009 after a 41-year rule.
    (AP, 1/26/11)

2011        Jan 26, Gabon's government dissolved the country's main opposition party, accusing members of high treason after their leader declared himself president of the oil-rich nation.
    (AP, 1/26/11)

2011        Sep 2, In Gabon 9 leaders of Conasysed (National Convention of Education Sector Trade Unions) went on hunger strike outside the Saint-Mary Cathedral in Libreville, to support wage claims. The Conasysed leaders had their salaries docked because of a strike in January.
    (AFP, 9/2/11)

2011        Oct 15, Gabon's opposition leader Pierre Mamboundou (65) died. He had finished third in the 2009 presidential polls.
    (AFP, 10/16/11)

2011        Dec 17, Gabon held legislative elections. Voters were expected to hand a resounding victory to President Ali Bongo's party in the face of a boycott by some opposition groups. Some 746,000 people were registered to vote in the country of 1.5 million inhabitants, sub-Saharan Africa's fourth largest oil producer.
    (AFP, 12/17/11)

2011        Dec 19, Gabon's ruling party, the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG), claimed it had won 114 out of parliament's 120 seats in a legislative election largely boycotted by the opposition but given a clean bill of health by observers.
    (AFP, 12/19/11)

2012        Jan 27, Gabon officials announced that the National Wood Company of Gabon (SNBG) has obtained a loan of 13.7 million euros ($18 million) to help in building a plant to treat timber at Libreville's port, Owendo.
    (AFP, 1/27/12)

2012        Feb 27, Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba named Raymond Ndong Sima (56) as the country's new prime minister following a resounding victory for the ruling party in general elections amid an opposition boycott. This marks the first time in Gabon's history that a prime minister is not from the majority ethnic Fang region of Libreville, but rather from the north of the country, home of some key opponents of the region.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)

2012        Mar 15, Gabon students demanding the payment of scholarships funds and police clashed in Libreville, leaving three people wounded.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)

2012        Jun 8, In Gabon 2 leading activists and some 40 others were arrested as they tried to hold a "Counter-Forum of Indignants" alongside the New York Forum Africa opening today in Libreville. Marc Ona, an award-winning environmental activist, and Gregory Ngbwa Mintsa, spokesman of Gabon's Indignants' Front, were detained before their event could kick off.
    (AFP, 6/8/12)

2012        Jun 21, In Gabon striking university students gave the government a list of demands and promised a three-year truce if they were met, after months of violent protests and clashes with police.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)

2012        Jun 27, Gabonese President Ali Bongo set fire to five tons of ivory worth around 10 million euros ($14 million) to mark his government's commitment to battling poachers and saving elephants. The stockpile and would have required the killing of some 850 elephants.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)

2012        Jul 26, The UN's food agency said 10 Central African countries have agreed to take part in a regional initiative to monitor the Congo Basin, one of the world's largest primary rainforests. They included Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and Sao Tome and Principe.
    (AFP, 7/26/12)

2012        Aug 11, Gabon's main opposition leader Andre Mba Obame arrived in Libreville after 14 months in France, saying the International Criminal Court would look into a 2009 "massacre" at Port-Gentil.
    (AFP, 8/11/12)

2012        Aug 15, In Gabon clashes broke out in Libreville when police broke up an unauthorized protest in support of the country's main opposition leader, leaving at least one person dead and 10 people injured. 63-64 were detained and 57 remained in prison. Masked gunmen stormed the headquarters of TV+ and set fire to the station's transmitters. President Ali Bongo went on national television saying he would not let the country descend into chaos.
    (AFP, 8/15/12)(AP, 8/17/12)(AFP, 8/18/12)

2013        Jan 6, The South African presidency announced that is sending 400 army troops to Central African Republic to help the country's army as it faces a threat from a coalition of rebel groups. Neighboring countries Cameroon, Gabon and Republic of Congo already have sent about 120 troops each to help stabilize the country confronted by the rebellion.
    (AP, 1/6/13)

2013        Jan 9, Talks on the crisis in Central African Republic began in Gabon with representatives of the government, rebels and other groups.
    (AP, 1/9/13)

2013        May 11, Thousands of Gabonese people marched to protest ritual killings, in which people are murdered so their body parts can be used in amulets to bring good luck. Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, Gabon's first lady, led the event along with Christian and Muslim religious leaders.
    (AP, 5/11/13)

2013        Jul 15, Pirates seized the Maltese-flagged Cotton tanker on July 15 near Gabon's Port Gentil in the first reported attack in that area in the past five years. On July 22 the vessel’s operator said the oil products tanker and its 24 Indian crew have been released.
    (Reuters, 7/22/13)

2013        Aug 1, Ghana's government said that its navy has intercepted a ship and arrested its crew on suspicion of involvement in the hijacking of an oil products tanker off Gabon last July 15.
    (Reuters, 8/2/13)

2013        Sep 4, Gabon officials said a corruption investigation has revealed the existence of about 3,000 fake civil servants who receive monthly government salaries despite holding no official positions.
    (Reuters, 9/4/13)

2014        Jan 24, Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba named a new prime minister, Daniel Ona Ondo, following municipal and regional elections.
    (AFP, 1/24/14)

2014        Dec 20, In Gabon a student was killed in clashes at an opposition rally in the capital, where police fired tear gas to disperse protesters demanding the resignation of President Ali Bongo Ondimba.
    (AFP, 12/21/14)

2014        Gabon’s oil exports accounted for up to four-fifths of its export revenues.
    (Econ, 8/6/16, p.38)

2015        Feb 4, Gabon lifted its ban on the main opposition party National Union (UN), which was outlawed after its leader declared himself president of the oil-rich west African nation in 2011.
    (AFP, 2/4/15)

2017        Jul, Gabon launched its state-funded SAMU-Social (Service for Urgent Medical Aid). It offered free medicines and healthcare along with lodging and psychological aid for the "poorest of the poorest".
    (AP, 12/28/17)

2015        Aug 17, Gabon’s Pres. Ali Bongo pledged to donate part of his inheritance to the country’s youth. The assets of of his father, Omar Bongo (d.2009), were yet to be distributed among 53 declared heirs.
    (Econ, 8/22/15, p.42)

2015        Dec 10, Gabon, home to half of Africa's endangered forest elephants, said it has impounded more than 200 kg (440 lbs.) of ivory in what may be its largest seizure ever.
    (Reuters, 12/10/15)

2015        Gabon’s vast oil wealth gave it a GDP per head of $10,800, the third highest in Africa, however a third of its citizens lived on $1.25 per day or less.
    (Econ, 8/22/15, p.42)

2016        Aug 27, Voting started in Gabon, where Pres. Ali Bongo Ondimba was trying to overcome a coalition of high-profile opponents to win re-election and maintain a family dynasty that stretches back to the 1960s. Gabon does not have a runoff system, meaning he does not have to win more than 50 percent of the votes in the first round to win.
    (AP, 8/27/16)

2016        Aug 28, Gabon's main opposition candidate Jean Ping claimed victory in weekend presidential polls, but incumbent Ali Bongo's camp said the call was "dangerous and illegal" before official results.
    (AFP, 8/28/16)

2016        Aug 31, Gabon security forces killed two people and wounded 19 late today at the headquarters of President Ali Bongo, as violence erupted after Bongo was declared the winner of the August 27 disputed polls. Officials results said Bongo won 49.80 percent of votes against 48.23 percent for Jean Ping,
    (AFP, 9/1/16)(Reuters, 9/2/16)

2016        Sep 1, The European Union said that the official announcement of election results in Gabon had plunged the African country into a "deep crisis" and said that verification of each polling station result was required. Clashes across Libreville led to at least 3 deaths and up to 1,100 arrests.
    (Reuters, 9/1/16)(Reuters, 9/2/16)

2016        Sep 2, In Gabon soldiers were deployed in Libreville as residents ventured back onto the streets, buying provisions and surveying damage after two days of riots sparked by a disputed presidential election. 2 people died after overnight post-election violence.
    (Reuters, 9/2/16)(AFP, 9/2/16)

2016        Dec 3, Gabon said it has postponed legislative elections set for Dec. 27 until next July because of a lack of money.
    (Reuters, 12/3/16)

2016        Gabon’s population was about 1.8 million . A quarter of the population lived on less than $3 pr day.
    (Econ, 8/6/16, p.38)

2017        Jan 21, A group of Russian hackers claimed to have shut down the website of the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament in a protest at organizers holding it in Gabon, where Pres. Ali Bongo Ondimba retained power in disputed elections last year.
    (AP, 1/21/17)

2017        Sep 7, A study by wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic said weak governance, corruption and shifting trade dynamics are seriously undermining efforts to control ivory trafficking throughout Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon.
    (AFP, 9/7/17)   

2017        Sep 9, Gabon's government said opposition leaders, including former African Union chief Jean Ping (74), are free to travel again, nearly a week after being banned from leaving the country.
    (AFP, 9/9/17)

2017        Nov 1, Gabon arrested Abdoulaye Mohamoud Ibrahim, the Chadian head of a major ivory trafficking ring syndicate, and eight accomplices, including his wife, son and daughter-in-law, after a two-year investigation assisted by Interpol and French law enforcement. The ring's "moneyman" was arrested three weeks later. The arrests were only announced in January, 2018, due to continuing investigations.
    (AP, 1/20/18)

2017        Dec 16, In Gabon a Niger national (53) stabbed two Danish journalists in Libreville, declaring it was in retaliation for US attacks against Muslims. One reporter was left in serious condition. The attacker was immediately arrested.
    (AP, 12/17/17)

2018        Feb 27, Gabon accused Veolia of polluting in the country as the government and the French company waged an increasingly bitter dispute in public over the cancellation of a contract for water and electricity distribution. The government cancelled Veolia's concession in Gabon on February 16 and took control of SEEG facilities, the Gabonese firm which is 51-percent owned by Veolia.
    (AFP, 2/27/18)

2018        Mar 8, Gabon's cabinet endorsed a request by the defence ministry to pull out the country's 444 troops in MINUSCA, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.
    (AFP, 3/10/18)

2018        Mar 23, Gabon authorities in Libreville arrested three Turkish nationals, who were directors of schools linked to Gulen. They were soon returned to Turkey in an operation led by the Turkish intelligence agency.
    (AP, 4/10/18)

2018        May 4, A new interim government was installed in Gabon, three days after the former administration resigned over delays in holding legislative elections.
    (AFP, 5/4/18)

2018        Aug 22, Athens-based Lotus Shipping said a tanker vessel has gone missing off the coast of Gabon in West Africa, an area notorious for piracy, and no word has been heard from its crew for a week. The Georgian government said 17 of its citizens were on board the Pantelena serving as crew.
    (Reuters, 8/22/18)

2018        Sep 21, The International Criminal Court at The Hague decided not to open a formal probe into claims of violence in Gabon after a disputed 2016 presidential poll in the country ruled by the same family for nearly 50 years.
    (AFP, 9/22/18)

2018        Oct 13, Gabon's ruling party won just over half of the parliamentary seats in the first round of legislative elections in a vote marred by low turnout. The 2nd round will be held in 61 constituencies on October 27.
    (AFP, 10/13/18)

2018        Oct 27, Gabon began voting in the second round of legislative elections with the party of President Ali Bongo, whose family has ruled the country for nearly 50 years, coasting towards victory.
    (AFP, 10/27/18)
2018        Oct 27, Cameroon's Vision 4 TV station, thought to be close to the government, erroneously reported that Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba had died. Days later the privately held station was barred from broadcasting for six months in neighboring Gabon. Libreville authorities said Bongo (59) is in hospital in Saudi Arabia suffering from exhaustion.
    (AP, 10/31/18)

2018        Nov 11, Gabon's presidency admitted for the first time that President Omar Bongo (59), hospitalized for nearly three weeks in Saudi Arabia, is in a serious condition but said his health is improving. About a third of Gabon's population of 1.8 million still live below the poverty line -- the result, say experts, of inequality, poor governance and corruption.
    (AFP, 11/11/18)

2018        Nov 14, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said freedom of the press is being eroded in Gabon, after the government suspended a newspaper for commenting on the hospitalization of President Ali Bongo.
    (AFP, 11/14/18)

2018        Nov 24, Gabon authorities said they have banned an opposition party from state media for three months over statements about the health of President Omar Bongo, who has been in a Saudi hospital for a month.
    (AFP, 11/24/18)

2018        Nov 29, Gabon's President Ali Bongo (59) arrived in Morocco to convalesce after a month's treatment at a Saudi hospital for an illness that has not been officially revealed.
    (AP, 11/29/18)

2018        Gabon began to realize the full extent of its mangroves when a study in the journal Nature Geoscience used satellite imagery to discover some of the estuary's trees were more than 65 meters high, making them the world's tallest mangroves.
    (Reuters, 10/27/21)

2019        Jan 2, The first of about 80 US military personnel arrived in Gabon in case they are needed to protect US citizens and diplomatic facilities in Congo's capital Kinshasa.
    (Reuters, 1/4/19)

2019        Jan 7, Gabon foiled an attempted coup after a group of soldiers called for a popular uprising as President Ali Bongo remained in Morocco after suffering a stroke last year. The chief military rebel who led the failed coup was arrested and two of his commandos killed after they stormed a public radio station in Libreville.
    (AFP, 1/7/19)

2019        Jan 12, Gabon's President Ali Bongo, who has been out of the country for two months recovering from a stroke, named Julien Nkoghe Bekale as the new prime minister in an apparent effort to shore up his political base days after a failed coup attempt. Bekale replaced Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet, who has served since 2016.
    (Reuters, 1/12/19)

2019        Jan 15, Gabon President Ali Bongo returned to medical leave in Morocco, after a brief visit to Libreville where he appeared in a wheelchair on state TV following his stroke last year.
    (Reuters, 1/17/19)

2019        Feb 24, Gabon President Ali Bongo returned to his country late today for the second time since suffering a stroke in October.
    (Reuters, 2/25/19)

2019        Apr 11, The government of Gabon announced a nationwide suspension of classes after high school students protested over plans to cut university grants.
    (AFP, 4/11/19)

2019        Jun 10, Gabon named Lee White, a British former Wildlife Conservation Society officer, as the country's forests minister. The last one was fired over a scandal in which hundreds of containers of illegally logged kevazingo wood went missing.
    (Reuters, 6/11/19)

2019        Aug, It was reported that foreign firms in Libreville, Gabon, have been targeted by firms that appear from nowhere  demanding payment of fictitious debts.
    (Econ, 8/17/19, p.33)

2019        Sep 22, The UN said Gabon will become the first African country paid with international funds to preserve its forests in an effort to fight climate change.
    (AFP, 9/22/10)

2019        Nov 14, Gabon's new environment minister, Lee White, a British-born conservationist, vowed to fight illegal logging by strengthening governance of forests after a national scandal in which about 350 containers of rare kevazingo wood went missing.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)

2019        Nov 29, In Gabon the spokesman for President Ali Bongo was transferred to the capital's main prison, one of eight people held in custody under a new anti-corruption drive.
    (Reuters, 11/30/19)

2019        Dec 22, Pirates took four Chinese crew members hostage in speedboats off Gabon's capital overnight. Four vessels anchored in the bay off Libreville were targeted in the attack. A Gabonese national, the commander of a vessel operated by the Satram company, was killed.
    (AP, 12/23/19)

2020        Mar 12, Gabon confirmed its first coronavirus case.
    (Reuters, 3/13/20)

2020        Apr 3, Gabon’s President Ali Bongo announced a social and economic plan to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, including emergency financing to respond to the “urgent cash needs" facing companies.
    (Bloomberg, 4/4/20)

2021        Feb 7, Ten hostages were kidnapped off the Atlantic coast of the West African country, Gabon. They included six Chinese nationals, three Indonesians and a Gabonese, all thought to be fishermen. On March 6 the victims were released unharmed by Nigeria’s security forces in Rivers state, after Nigerian mediators paid a $300,000 ransom for their freedom.
    (AP, 3/7/21)

2021        Jun 11, The UN elected five countries to join the powerful 15-member UN Security Council with no suspense because all were unopposed -- Brazil, the UAE, Albania, Ghana and Gabon.
    (AP, 6/11/21)

2021        Jun 22, It was reported that Gabon has become the first African country to receive payment for reducing carbon emissions by protecting its rainforest. he UN-backed Central African Forest Initiative (Cafi) has handed over $17m (£12m) - the first tranche of a $150m deal struck in 2019. Norway, through Cafi, has paid Gabon $17m based on a formula relating to the number of tons of carbon that would otherwise have been released.
    (BBC, 6/22/21)

2021        Sep 15, The United Nations said it has sent home all 450 Gabonese troops from its peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic and opened an investigation after allegations of the sexual abuse of five girls.
    (Reuters, 9/15/21)

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