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Gabon Opposition Chooses Ping as Candidate for August Election

Gabon's main opposition parties chose former foreign minister Jean Ping as their candidate in an election Aug. 27 against President Ali Bongo, who is standing for a second term. Ping, age 74, is considered one of Africa's foremost diplomats. He has served as chairman of the African Union commission and as president of the U.N. General Assembly. "I understand the gravity of the task I have been given," Ping told thousands of cheering supporters in Libreville. "I...

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