List of Presidents of Gabon

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President of the
Gabonese Republic
Président de la
République gabonaise
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Presidential Standard
Ali Bongo Ondimba, 2012.jpg
Incumbent
Ali Bongo Ondimba

since 16 October 2009
ResidencePresidential Palace, Libreville
Term length7 years
Inaugural holderLéon M'ba
Formation17 August 1960
DeputyVice President of Gabon
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This is a list of Presidents of Gabon since the formation of the post of President in 1960, to the present day.

A total of three people have served as President (not counting two Acting Presidents).

Description of the office[edit]

Election[edit]

The President of the Republic is elected for a presidential term of seven (7) years, by universal and direct suffrage. The President is re-electable.[1]

The election is won by the candidate who obtains the largest number of votes.[1]

All Gabonese citizens, male and female, who are at least forty (40) years old, have resided in Gabon for at least twelve (12) months, and who enjoy their full civil and political rights are eligible to run for the seat of the presidency.[2]

The Constitutional Court may extend the provisioned time periods conforming to Article 11 below, but the elections may not take place more than thirty-five (35) days after the date of the decision of the Constitutional Court.[2]

If an application of the policies in the present paragraphs postpones the election to a date beyond the last day in office of the current President, he or she will remain in office until the election of the successor.[2]

The ways and means by which the present article may be applied are fixed by organic law.[2]

The presidential term begins on the day he presents himself for the presidential oath and finishes at the end of the seventh year following his election.[3]

The election of the President of the Republic takes place at least a month and at most two months before the end of the previous president’s term.[3]

A current President may not shorten his or her term in any manner to run for another term.[3]

If the current President of the Republic runs for the next presidential term, the National Assembly may not be dissolved. The President may also not exercise his power to legislate by ordinance from the moment he announces his candidacy up to the election. In cases of necessity, Parliament may convene in an extraordinary session.[3]

Oath of office[edit]

The presidential oath marks the beginning of the presidential term. It may not take place before the Constitutional Court’s decision to proclaim the official election results.[4]

At the moment of the President’s entry into office, the President of the Republic will solemnly take the oath below, before the Parliament and the Constitutional Court, the left hand on the Constitution, and the other hand raised before the national flag:[5]

I promise to devote all my energies to the good of the Gabonese people, to assure their well-being and to protect them from all misfortune, to respect and defend the Constitution and the State of law, to fulfill conscientiously the duties of my position and to be just to all.

Vacancy[edit]

In case of a vacancy of the presidential office for whatever reason, or a permanent impairment of the current president, affirmed by the Constitutional Court called upon by the Government through an absolute majority of its members, or failing that, by the Bureaus of the two Chambers of Parliament with a majority of their members, the President of the Senate will temporarily exercise the duties of the President of the Republic, or in case of permanent impairment of the President of the Senate, affirmed by the Constitutional Court called upon in the same conditions, the First Vice-President of the Senate will temporarily carry out the duties of the presidential office.[6]

The authority that assumes the Presidential office in the interim will be temporarily invested with the full duties and powers of the President of the Republic, to the exclusion of certain duties and powers provisioned by Articles 18, 19, and the first paragraph of 116. The temporary president may not present him or herself as a candidate of the next presidential election.[6]

Before his or her entry into office, the authority concerned will take the oath of office according to the conditions of Article 12 above.[6]

In the case of a vacancy, or if the President’s impairment is declared permanent by the Constitutional Court, the polls for the election of the new President, excluding cases of emergency announced by the Constitutional Court, will take place at least thirty (30) days or at most sixty (60) days after the beginning of the vacancy or the declaration of a permanent impairment of the President.[6]

Key[edit]

Political parties
Status
  •   Denotes Acting President

List[edit]

No. President
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Elected Political affiliation Prime Minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Léon M'ba
(1902–1967)[a]
Léon M'ba 1964.jpg 17 August 1960 27 November 1967
(died in office.)
7 years, 102 days 1961
1967
BDG Himself
2 Omar Bongo Ondimba
(1935–2009)[b]
Omar Bongo 1973.jpg 2 December 1967 8 June 2009
(died in office.)
41 years, 188 days 1973
1979
1986
1993
1998
2005
BDG / PDG Mébiame
Oyé-Mba
Obame-Nguema
Ntoutoume Emane
Eyeghe Ndong
Didjob Divungi Di Ndinge
(1946–)[c]
No image.png 6 May 2009 10 June 2009 35 days ADERE Eyeghe Ndong
Rose Francine Rogombé
(1942–2015)[d]
No image.png 10 June 2009 16 October 2009 128 days PDG Eyeghe Ndong
Biyoghé Mba
3 Ali Bongo Ondimba
(1959–)[e]
Ali Bongo Ondimba, 2012.jpg 16 October 2009 Incumbent 9 years, 155 days 2009
2016
PDG Biyoghé Mba
Ndong Sima
Ona Ondo
Issoze-Ngondet
Nkoghe Bekale

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Briefly interrupted during the 17–18 February 1964 coup d'état.
  2. ^ Previously named Albert-Bernard Bongo; changed name on 29 September 1973, after conversion to Islam. Added Ondimba to name on 15 November 2003.
  3. ^ Acted for Bongo while he was incapacitated in the hospital, Vice President.
  4. ^ Succeeded Bongo as the constitutional successor, President of the Senate.
  5. ^ Son of Omar Bongo Ondimba.

Latest election[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Ali Bongo Ondimba Gabonese Democratic Party 177,722 49.80
Jean Ping Union of Forces for Change 172,128 48.23
Bruno Ben Moubamba Independent 1,896 0.53
Raymond Ndong Sima Independent 1,510 0.42
Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou Social Democratic Party 1,130 0.32
Paul Mba Abessole National Woodcutters' Rally – Rally for Gabon 761 0.21
Gérard Ella Nguema Independent 583 0.16
Augustin Moussavou King Gabonese Socialist Party 553 0.15
Dieudonné Minlama Mintogo Independent 393 0.11
Abel Mbombe Nzoudou Independent 214 0.06
Invalid/blank votes 16,420
Total 373,310 100
Registered voters/turnout 627,805 59.46
Source: Interior Ministry, Interior Ministry

See also[edit]

Reference[edit]

  1. ^ a b Article 9 of the Constitution of 1991.
  2. ^ a b c d Article 10 of the Constitution of 1991.
  3. ^ a b c d Article 11 of the Constitution of 1991.
  4. ^ Article 11A of the Constitution of 1991.
  5. ^ Article 12 of the Constitution of 1991.
  6. ^ a b c d Article 13 of the Constitution of 1991.

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