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GABON: Government bans opposition from accessing Public Media

Gabonese Authorities have banned opposition s leaders who do not recognize Ali Bongo as president from accessing public media.

Minister of Communication and spokesman for Gabon announced it on Monday August 28th after a visit to the National Television.

‘’there is no way, on public media, to allow somebody to speak, who doesn’t recognize authorities in place. He shall express himself elsewhere’’, declared Mr. Alain-Claude Billie-By-Nze –BBC

Mr. Jean Ping, the main opposition leader and member of the Coalition of the New Republic (CNR) –coalition of the opposition’s parties- still contests the re-election of Ali Bongo at the August 2016 Presidential election. He asserts that his victory was stolen and auto proclaimed himself president of Gabon. -BBC

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This information comes after “Les échos du Nord’’ an opposition Journal in Gabon was banned from publication for 2 months for “verbal abuse in public’’ on 15 May 2017 by the National Council of Communication.-gabonmediatime.com

Bongo’s family has exercised a long grip on power in the oil- and mineral- rich country of 1.8 million people. Ali Bongo took over from his father, Omar Bongo, ruled Gabon for 41 years until his death in 2009.-Aljazeera


Source: Gabonlibre.com + BBC + Aljazeera
Komy Lauris H.

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