Gabon

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INFORMATION

Capital: Libreville

Government: Dominant-Party Presidential Republic

Current President: Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba

Economy:

  • Oil and petroleum related goods are responsible for about 50% GDP, about 70% of revenues, and 87% of goods exports.
  • Wood processing, food and beverage processing contribute to industrial GDP and, together with oil industries, combine to account for nearly 64% of GDP.

Population: 2,119,036 (2018)

Land Size: 267,667 sq km (103,347 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

    • Fang
    • Bapounou
    • Nzebi
    • Obamba
    • Other Africans and Europeans: ~154,000
      • Including…
        • French: ~10,700
        • Dual Nationality: ~11,000
Religions:

  • Roman Catholic: 42.3%
  • Protestant: 12.3%
  • Other Christian: 27.4%
  • Muslim: 9.8%
  • Animist: <1%
  • Other <1%
  • None: 7.1%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Fang
  • Myene
  • Nzebi
  • Bapounou/Eschira
  • Bandjabi

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RECENT NEWS

  • Tue - Nov 26, 2019: Bongani Bongo Just the Start of State Capture Prosecutions - AllAfrica News: Gabon
    [Daily Maverick] Bongani Bongo, former minister of State Security has been arrested for fraud. It's not quite skittles falling but it does provide some comfort as the public cries out for justice given the degree of looting and corruption that happened during the Zuma presidency.
  • Thu - Nov 21, 2019: AFCON Qualifiers Continue On August 31 As Gambia Face Gabon - AllAfrica News: Gabon
    [The Point] The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier matches will continue on August 31, with Gambia to face Gabon in the group D tie of the qualifiers in Libreville.
  • Mon - Nov 18, 2019: Singer Ben Pol Names Top 15 Bongo Flava Artistes - AllAfrica News: Gabon
    [Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Bongo Flava artiste Ben Pol has released a list of what he perceives as the top 15 musicians in Tanzania in the past 10 to 20 years.
  • Mon - Nov 18, 2019: Can2021 - Angola Try First Victory in Gabon - AllAfrica News: Gabon
    [ANGOP] Luanda -After the home defeat at the debut versus Gambia, 1-3, the national football team will try to win its first match this Sunday in the qualifying round for the CAN2021, to be held in Cameroon.
  • Fri - Nov 15, 2019: Wildlife-Loving Minister Seeks to Stamp Out Illegal Logging - AllAfrica News: Gabon
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Johannesburg -Gabon's new environment minister, Lee White, a British-born conservationist, has vowed to fight illegal logging by strengthening governance of forests after a national scandal in which about 350 containers of rare kevazingo wood went missing.