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Gabon Lifts Ban on Main Opposition Party

Gabon lifted a ban on the main opposition party, the Union Nationale, the interior ministry said Wednesday, enabling it to put forward a candidate against President Ali Bongo in next year's election. The Union Nationale's former leader, Andre Mba Obame, refused to recognize Bongo's victory in a 2009 vote that followed the death of long-ruling President Omar Bongo, Ali's father. Instead, he declared himself to be victor, and two years later the state forcibly dissolved his...

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