Unsurprisingly, President Ali Bongo Ondimba has announced his presidential candidacy next August. Bongo is once again favorite.
“I officially announce today, here, that I am a candidate! I know that together, all together, united, by the will of God, we will win! It is with these words that Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, announced that he was a candidate for his own succession. A symbolic announcement - no one doubted that the Gabonese president would be a candidate - in particular by the choice of the place: it is in the special economic zone of Nkok, which reflects the economic progress of the country, according to him. A symbolic announcement too, because Ali Bongo made it alongside his wife Sylvia and his son Noureddin, who for a time was expected to become his heir apparent.
After a national dialogue which primarily redefined the duration of political mandates, but which did not make it possible to limit the number of presidential terms, Ali Bongo emerged strengthened from this communication operation. The president has dropped ballast in certain areas without blocking his way to re-election. On August 26, it will therefore be without question that he will end his campaign.
To hope to be re-elected, Bongo wants to rely on his record. forgotten, the “pan revolution” or the procrastination surrounding his succession: Ali Bongo once again shows his leadership. He wants to be the "candidate to continue work", the "candidate to take Gabon further, much further", the "candidate to win the economic battle", the "candidate to win the battle for work" and "the battle for change”.
What possible changes after fourteen years in power? It is hard to imagine Ali Bongo revolutionizing his policy. The only certainty, for the moment: the Gabonese president is the ultra favorite. Facing him, the opposition is once again divided. Some political parties have refused to take part in the national dialogue while others have accepted to discuss with the authorities.
Consequence: about twenty personalities have already announced that they would be candidates during the presidential election. This Tuesday is the closing date for official applications. We will know how many of these twenty personalities managed to gather all the required documents.