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(Feb 02, 2008) The Government of Gabon has accused about 20 non-governmental organizations of interfering in the political life of the country and has placed a temporary ban on their activities. The ban will be lifted for individual agencies, following briefings by the NGOs to the Ministry of the Interior about their activities, according to Minister of the Interior Andre Mba Obame. He went on to suggest that NGOs that wish to participate in politics should do so within the framework of political parties. A number of the groups had accused Gabon's government of corruption, including the diverting of large amounts of state funds for use in political campaigns, and had announced they would file international legal action against the regime for corruption. Gabon's President, Omar Bongo, is Africa's longest serving ruler, having held office for 40 years; he was re-elected for a seven-year term with 70 percent of the vote in 2005. (Gabon Scolds Political NGOs, AFROL NEWS, Jan. 10, 2007, available at articles/27676.)

Author: Constance Johnson More by this author
Topic: Government ethics and transparency More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Gabon More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 02/02/2008