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Gabon

Background

Gabon

Until recently, only two autocratic presidents had ruled Gabon since its independence from France in 1960. The recent president of Gabon, El Hadj Omar BONGO Ondimba - one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world - had dominated the country's political scene for four decades. President BONGO introduced a nominal multiparty system and a new constitution in the early 1990s. However, allegations of electoral fraud during local elections in 2002-03 and the presidential elections in 2005 exposed the weaknesses of formal political structures in Gabon. President BONGO died in June 2009. New elections in August 2009 brought Ali Ben BONGO, son of the former president, to power. Despite political conditions, a small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make Gabon one of the more prosperous and stable African countries. In January 2010, Gabon assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2010-11 term.

About

Gabon is a country in Western Central Africa. It lies on the Equator, on the Atlantic Ocean coast, between the Republic of the Congo to the south and east, Equatorial Guinea to the northwest and Cameroon to the north.

A small population, as well as oil and mineral reserves have helped Gabon become one of Africa's wealthier countries. The country has generally been able to maintain and conserve its pristine rain forest and rich biodiversity.

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GabonLe Meridien Re-Ndama 

Po Box 4064 Republique Gabon
Libreville
Gabon

Price (US$): $250 - $293 / night

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Location. Located in central Libreville, Le Meridien Re Ndama is connected to the airport and close to National Museum of Arts and Traditions, Palais Presidentiel, and Museum of Arts and Tradition. Other points of interest near this hotel include Stade Omar Bongo and Marche du Mont Bouet. Hotel Features. Dining options at Le Meridien Re Ndama include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an… more »

GabonLe Meridien Mandji 

Le Meridien Mandji
Port Gentil BP 649
Gabon

Price (US$): $224 - $313 / night

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Location. Le Meridien Mandji is a business friendly hotel located in Port Gentil and local attractions include Sogara Beach. Hotel Features. Le Meridien Mandji's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves full breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 3.5 star property has a business center and offers a… more »

GabonOkoume Palace Hotel 

5, Boulevard de Nice
Libreville 2254
Gabon

Price (US$): $228 - $255 / night

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Location. Okoume Palace Hotel is located on the beach in Libreville, close to Stade Omar Bongo, National Museum of Arts and Traditions, and Museum of Arts and Tradition. Other points of interest near this hotel include Marche du Mont Bouet and Palais Presidentiel. Hotel Features. Dining options at Okoume Palace Hotel include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a… more »

GabonNOVOTEL LIBREVILLE RAPONTCHOMB 

Boulevard de l'Independance
LIBREVILLE
Gabon

Price (US$): $115 - $116 / night

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Hotel Year Built 1977 Year Remodeled 1986 Additional Property Description The hotel is located in the city centre and offers 188 comfortable, airconditioned rooms. The hotel has sea views and is only 2 minutes from the business and shopping centre. The hotel features meeting rooms and a large swimming pool with terrace. We offer excursions within Gabon. The hotel will be closed for refurbishment until December 2009. more »

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Gabon

Full name
Gabonese Republic
Capital
Libreville
Location

Western Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean at the Equator, between Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea

Geographic coordinates

1 00 S, 11 45 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Colorado

Border countries

Cameroon 298 km, Republic of the Congo 1,903 km, Equatorial Guinea 350 km

Coastline

885 km

Climate

tropical; always hot, humid

Terrain

narrow coastal plain; hilly interior; savanna in east and south

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mont Iboundji 1,575 m

Natural resources

petroleum, natural gas, diamond, niobium, manganese, uranium, gold, timber, iron ore, hydropower

Population

1,545,255

Ethnic groups

Bantu tribes, including four major tribal groupings (Fang, Bapounou, Nzebi, Obamba); other Africans and Europeans, 154,000, including 10,700 French and 11,000 persons of dual nationality

Religions

Christian 55%-75%, animist, Muslim less than 1%

Languages

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

Government type

republic; multiparty presidential regime

Independence

17 August 1960 (from France)

National holiday

Independence Day, 17 August (1960)

Chief of state

President Ali Ben BONGO Ondimba (since 16 October 2009)

Head of government

Prime Minister Paul BIYOGHE MBA (since 15 July 2009)

Internet country code

.ga

Internet users

98,800 (2009)

Airports

44 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Gamba, Libreville, Lucinda, Owendo, Port-Gentil

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