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Learn more about Gabon.
Flag of Gabon Gabon
Population: 1,355,246 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Libreville
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An Introduction to Gabon
Only two autocratic presidents have ruled Gabon since independence from France in 1960. Gabon's current President, El Hadj Omar BONGO - one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world - has dominated Gabon's political scene for almost four decades. President BONGO introduced a nominal multiparty system and a new constitution in the early 1990s. However, the low turnout and allegations of electoral fraud during the most recent local elections in 2002-03 have exposed the weaknesses of formal political structures in Gabon. In addition, recent strikes have underscored the popular disenchantment with the political system. Presidential elections scheduled for 2005 are unlikely to bring change since the opposition remains weak, divided, and financially dependent on the current regime. Despite political conditions, a small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make Gabon one of the more prosperous and stable African countries.

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Map of Gabon ( Location ) : 1 00 S, 11 45 E, Western Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean at the Equator, between the Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea. For additional reports and educational information specific to Gabon, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Gabonese Flag
Three equal horizontal bands of green (top), yellow, and blue.

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Some interesting facts and figures about Gabon.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 2.5%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 54.85 yrs - Male
    • 58.12 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 38,400 (2003)

    • 63,000 (1997)

    • 208,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .ga

Did you know ... People from Gabon are called Gabonese

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