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n Africa Conflict Monitor - ACM Country Profile : Gabon - : national profile

Volume 2015, Issue 06
  • ISSN : 2311-6943

Abstract

Gabon's government cut its planned annual spending by 14% on 10 April 2015, as low global oil prices negatively impacted the value of the nation's oil reserves on which the economy largely depends. On 12 April 2015, the usually-stable Gabon was hit by rioting in the capital city of Libreville, in which cars were set on fire and buildings, including the Embassy of Benin, were burnt down. The riots followed the death of opposition party leader André Mba Obame, who passed away at age 57 in nearby Cameroon after a long illness. Some of Mba Obame's supporters accused Gabon's government of poisoning their leader. However, there has been no further violence since mid-April. Otherwise, Gabon remains free from conflict as it has been for many years, leaving over-dependence on oil reserves as the major current economic consideration for the country.

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2015-06-01
2019-10-15

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