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Gabon : Ali Bongo Ondimba invests by the PDG

Monday, the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) invested Ali Bongo Ondimba, its candidate in the presidential election on August 26, at the Extraordinary investiture Congress held at the Nzeng-Ayong stadium, in the 6th arrondissement of the municipality of Libreville. The Gabonese Head of State has been appointed by the governing bodies of his party to represent him in the next presidential elections.

After the announcement of his candidacy last Sunday for the Nkok Privileged Economic Zone (ZERP), the outgoing president was dubbed yesterday by his political party, the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG), during the Extraordinary investiture Congress, held at the Nzeng-Ayong stadium, in the 6th arrondissement of Libreville, plunges into a real militant fervour. Ali Bongo Ondimba, in his acceptance speech, said he was "ready to go to battle for victory" in front of thousands of his supporters.

In an atmosphere of the great days, thousands of activists and executives of the ruling party met at this great place of regrouping to adopt their "champion" in the upcoming presidential election. Thus, Ali Bongo Ondimba responded favourably to the requests of his family by galvanising his troops for this presidential deadline.

"I accept this investiture with humility and determination," he launched in front of a stadium overflowing with people. If he said he was the "soldier" of the PDG in the said election, the candidate in his own succession agreed "to go to battle, to lead the fight" in order to win this one-round electoral joust. Before calling for the unity of all to better consider a battle that should lead them to victory. "We will get it because we want it," he said.

After a first term begun in 2009, President Ali Bongo is indeed placing the next presidential election under the sign of change. In front of the congressmen, he said he wanted to end the system of privileges that generates significant inequalities among the population.

The presidential election in Gabon is scheduled for the second half of 2016. In fact, Ali Bongo's inauguration this Saturday marks the beginning of the campaign for his re-election.

The choice of the PDG is the logical continuation of a spiral that has been in place in recent days when the standing committee of the political bureau of the ruling party focussed on the outgoing president.

Recall that like the other candidates, Ali Bongo Ondimba already submitted his candidacy at the headquarters of the Gabonese Electoral Centre (CGE) on Monday, July 10, 2023. The election campaign opens on August 11, and the vote is scheduled for the 26th of the same month. In all respects, the electoral process begins its cruising speed.

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