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Yearbook 1998

Gabon. In the presidential election in early December, as expected, the then-sitting president, 63-year-old Omar Bongo, was re-elected for another seven-year term with 66% of the vote. He was challenged by seven opposition candidates, five from the political opposition and two independents.

1998 Gabon

According to Countryaah, the election campaign was characterized by contradictions between the two leading political blocs, and President Bongo accused his opponents of planning violent actions if they lost the election. He therefore closed the country's borders during the elections. Opposition politicians, for their part, accused Bongo and the ruling party of the Parti Démocratique Gabonais (PDG) for planning widespread electoral fraud in order to secure Bongo's re-election.

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