The approach was nothing new. However, a firm decision had been made. On 12 March at 10:30 am, Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba made his way to the podium in Libreville’s Botanical Garden. He was greeted by a huge crowd, something that had not been seen since before Covid. Nearly 8,000 people waved Gabonese flags and chanted “Ali, Ali, Ali!” The atmosphere was electric.
It had been four years since the head of state had last addressed the activists of the Parti Démocratique Gabonais (PDG) in person. This Saturday, on the 54th convention of the party formed by the late president Omar Bongo Ondimba on 12 March 1969, Ali Bongo Ondimba reconnected with his past.
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