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Yearbook 2012

Gabon. According to countryaah, the government was reformed in February after the Constitutional Court affirmed the outcome of the December 2011 parliamentary elections, when the ruling party PDG (Gabon's Democratic Party) won a landslide victory.

2012 Gabon

Agriculture Minister Raymond Ndong Sima became prime minister, the first in the post that did not belong to the prisoners.

In France, judges went on to investigate how Gabon's late President Omar Bongo and his immediate circle were able to acquire a number of luxury properties in the country. This is after a report from the non-profit organization Transparency International, which combats corruption.

President Ali Ben Bongo, who in 2009 succeeded his father Omar as head of state, announced in October that the former French colony was considering introducing English as a second language. The statement was preceded by a visit to Rwanda that had done this before.

Opposition leader André Mba Obame, who claims he won the 2009 presidential election, returned to the country in August after 14 months in exile.

Nearly five tons of seized ivory were burned in June. The president lit the fire to show that Gabon is serious about fighting poaching. Falling oil production means that the government wants to develop other sectors, including the tourism industry.

Gabon was elected to the UN Human Rights Council in November. Gabonese Jean Ping, who since 2008 was the African Union Commission President, resigned from the post when he was defeated by South Africa's candidate.

At the beginning of the year, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea hosted the African Football Championships.

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