Gabon's Ali Bongo: The Rise and Fall | Gabon Coup
In the early hours of Wednesday 30 August 2023, military officers in Gabon announced they were seizing power from President Ali Bongo Ondimba in a stunning coup, threatening the Bongo family’s half-century rule over the central African nation.
The soldiers said they were annulling the results of recent polls in which Ali Bongo had been declared the winner but the opposition said the election had been rigged. But who is Ali Bongo and how did Gabon get to this point? To some, he is a spoilt, playboy prince who saw ruling the oil-rich Gabon as his birthright. This one-time aspiring musician stepped into his father's shoes to continue his family's rule.
In this episode of African Biographics, we cover the rise of Ali Bongo as well as events leading to his fall.