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Title:The Presidential Election in Gabon
Authors:Tordoff, William
Young, Ralph A.
Year:1999
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:26
Issue:80
Period:June
Pages:269-277
Language:English
Geographic term:Gabon
Subjects:elections
1998
presidential elections
Politics and Government
Links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056249908704385
http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4548BAE443CB5C5A33C1
Abstract:In the presidential election which was held in Gabon on 6 December 1998, Omar Bongo, Gabon's president since 1967, faced re-election for the final term permitted under the 1991 Constitution. He was re-elected at the first round with nearly two-thirds of the votes cast, thus avoiding a repeat of the situation he had faced at the previous presidential election in 1993, when his 51.07 percent of the vote had only just been enough to escape a second electoral round. This article compares the 1998 elections with those of 1993, paying attention to Bongo' opponents, the conclusions of the election monitoring groups involved, and the two fault lines that split the body politic in 1993 and are still visible in 1998: one concerning the extreme patterns of inequality which mark Gabonese society, and the other the continuing role played by French interests, not in the least the French State, in Gabonese politics. Bibliogr.
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