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2016 Gabon Election: 11 candidates running for president

2016 Gabon Election: 11 candidates running for president

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<p>Voting in Gabon’s election started on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 0600 <span class="caps">GMT</span> in the capital but a little later in other regions of the central African country.</p> <p>628,124 registered voters are expected to cast their ballots at the 2579 voting centers of the country with an estimated population of 1.8 million.</p> <p>There are 11 candidates running for president after three presidential hopefuls withdrew to support the main opposition leader Jean Ping.</p> <p>The Elections are managed by the Autonomous and Permanent National Electoral Commission (<span class="caps">CENAP</span>).</p> <p>There is no second round voting as the country runs the simple majority popular vote system. If elected president, one of the 11 candidates will serve a 7-year renewable term. </p> <p>The incumbent president Ali Ondimba Bongo is running for a second term after taking over from his father in 2009 who ruled the country for 42 years before his demise. </p> <h3>Who could be the next president of Gabon?</h3> <h3>Ali Bongo Ondimba: Gabonese Democratic Party, <span class="caps">PDG</span>, (Parti Démocratique Gabonais)</h3> <p>He is the incumbent president seeking a second-term after serving since 2009.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/29154247262/in/dateposted-public/" title="ali bongo"><img src="https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8820/29154247262_7113fc2dd1_z.jpg" width="599" height="601" alt="ali bongo"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>Jean Ping: Gabon Progress Party (Parti Gabonais du Progrès)</h3> <p>He is the former chairman of the African Union commission and also served as president of the U.N. General Assembly.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/29154246662/in/dateposted-public/" title="jean ping"><img src="https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8059/29154246662_773ebcc404_z.jpg" width="640" height="568" alt="jean ping"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>Minlama Dieudonné Mintogo: National Union (Union Nationale)</h3> <p>He is an agro-developer who works as an expert consultant with a number of national and international institutions.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/28974040170/in/dateposted-public/" title="Minlama Dieudonné Mintogo"><img src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8106/28974040170_f01dc759ec_z.jpg" width="640" height="593" alt="Minlama Dieudonné Mintogo"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>Raymond Ndong Sima: Patriotic Alliance, AP, (Alliance Patriotique)</h3> <p>He is a politician and former Prime Minister of Gabon from February 2012 to January 2014.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/28639249834/in/dateposted-public/" title="Raymond Ndong Sima"><img src="https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7564/28639249834_7a1577cbff_z.jpg" width="640" height="566" alt="Raymond Ndong Sima"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou: Social Democratic Party (Parti Social Démocrate)</h3> <p>He is a member of parliament and former financial adviser to the government.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/28974039990/in/dateposted-public/" title="Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou"><img src="https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8254/28974039990_2517c3a313_z.jpg" width="640" height="477" alt="Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>Jean de Dieu Moukagni Iwangou: Union of Gabonese People (Union du Peuple Gabonais)</h3> <p>He is a lawyer and former director general of the national school of magistrates.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/28641235463/in/dateposted-public/" title="Jean de Dieu Moukagni Iwangou"><img src="https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8478/28641235463_3f15d62b08_z.jpg" width="640" height="463" alt="Jean de Dieu Moukagni Iwangou"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>Augustin Moussavou King: Gabonese Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste Gabonais)</h3> <p>He is a politician.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/28974040520/in/dateposted-public/" title="Augustin Moussavou King"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8897/28974040520_dc42559530_z.jpg" width="600" height="409" alt="Augustin Moussavou King"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>Gérard Ella Nguema: Independent</h3> <p>He is a former vice secretary general of the dissolved opposition party, National Union.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/28974040360/in/dateposted-public/" title="Gérard Ella Nguema"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8316/28974040360_dca71e9b5f_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="Gérard Ella Nguema"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>Paul Mba Abessole: Rally for Gabon, <span class="caps">RPG</span>, (Rassemblement por le Gabon)</h3> <p>He is a member of parliament and its Fifth Vice-President. He is also a former Cathiolic priest.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/28974144800/in/dateposted-public/" title="Paul Mba Abessole"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8883/28974144800_5ab065b29d.jpg" width="500" height="287" alt="Paul Mba Abessole"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>Abel Mbombe Nzoudou: Independent</h3> <p>He is a politician and participated in the 2009 presidential election.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/28974040680/in/dateposted-public/" title="Abel Mbombe Nzoudou"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8197/28974040680_cf2eeb10be.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Abel Mbombe Nzoudou"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>Bruno Ben Moubamba: Independent</h3> <p>He is a politician and former journalist. He participated in the 2009 election.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/139023361@N07/29262417995/in/dateposted-public/" title="Bruno Ben Moubamba"><img src="https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8009/29262417995_b5aa767d30.jpg" width="500" height="282" alt="Bruno Ben Moubamba"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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