Gabon 2005

Africa

Yearbook 2005

Gabon. According to countryaah, Libreville is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Gabon. A census presented in March showed that Gabon’s population had increased by 50% to 1.5 million between 1993 and 2003. Experts and opposition politicians dismissed the increase as technically impossible and suspected that the government had inflated the figures to fill the ballot boxes with false names before autumn presidential election. An attempt to deceive increased foreign aid was also presented as a reason for the suspected fraud with the census.

In November, President Omar Bongo was re-elected, expecting close to 80% of the vote. Following the death of Étienne Gnassingbé Eyadéma in Togo in February, Bongo is the nesting ground of African heads of state. He has led Gabon since 1967.