Listen to music while browsing

Gabon bans demos for opposition leader's return

By AFP


Andre Mba Obame, opposition leader and self-declared president of Gabon. By Wils Yanick Maniengui (AFP/File)


LIBREVILLE (AFP) - Gabon said Friday it has banned gatherings by supporters of leading opposition figure Andre Mba Obame to mark his return to the country after 14 months abroad for health reasons.

Mba Obame, who was interior minister under the late president Omar Bongo, declared himself president in January last year after rejecting the election of the former leader's son Ali Bongo in 2009.

His action resulted in the regime officially dissolving his National Union Party, one of two main opposition groups in the west African nation. He claims the 2009 election was rigged.

Gabon presidential spokesman Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze said any gathering by his supporters to mark Mba Obame's return on Saturday "were not authorised," and that an apparent increase in security in Libreville was not connected.

Mba Obame risks a possible jail term of up to a year if he is convicted of disturbing public order over his 2011 proclamation, after his parliamentary immunity was lifted, his lawyer Lubin Ntoutoume said.

Mba Obame has spent about 14 months away having medical treatment in South Africa and France for a back problem.

"Thirteen months after I left Gabon in a wheelchair, I will be back very soon on both legs," he said last month from France. "Let those who reported me dead prepare to battle my ghost!"

I'LL SOON GET MARRIAGE SINCE THERE'S NOTHING EXCITING ON THE TELEVISION.
By: BETTY-BEV. AGYEI

Guinea opposition urges protests ov

People assist a protester injured during clashes with police at an anti-government protest in Conakry on April 20, 2015.  By Cellou Binani (AFP/File) Thursday, April 23, 2015

Conakry (AFP) - Guinea's opposition called for protests across the country again ...
read more »

Burundi opposition calls for even b

Protesters throw rocks during clashes with police in Cibitoke, north-western Burundi, on April 26, 2015, as protests escalated over a bid by the president to seek a third term.  By Esdras Ndikumana (AFP) Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Opponents of a bid by Burundi's president to seek a ...
read more »

Zuma hits back at other African sta

Thousands march in Johannesburg against the recent wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa on April 23, 2015.  By Gianluigi Guercia (AFP/File) Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Johannesburg (AFP) - President Jacob Zuma on Monday hit out at other African cou ...
read more »

Burundi president sticks to third t

A protest in Musaga on the outskirts of Bujumbura on April 28, 2015.  By Simon Maina (AFP) Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza will continue ...
read more »