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Ruling Party Takes ‘Lion’s Share’ In Gabon Election – Official

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Ruling Party Takes 'Lion's Share' In Gabon Election

The ruling party in Gabon has won a large parliamentary majority in an election that ended at the weekend, taking 98 of the 143 seats in the National Assembly, according to official results published on Tuesday.

“PDG: the lion’s share,” the pro-government daily L’Union proclaimed after the release of second-round results confirmed the massive victory of the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG), which was the sole party before multiparty politics was introduced in 1991.

The two-round election held on October 6 and 27 was the first major vote in the oil-exporting equatorial African country since a presidential poll in 2016, which was marred by bloodshed after incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba was declared the winner, defeating his main rival Jean Ping.

Parties allied with the majority won a handful of seats, several small political movements took one seat apiece and eight seats went to candidates listed as independent.

A movement named The Democrats led by former parliament speaker Guy Nzouba-Ndama has become the main opposition party with 11 members of parliament, while the Heritage and Modernity Rally won four seats and the National Union took two.

None of the main opposition leaders managed to get elected or re-elected, however.

Ping, a longtime career diplomat who stood as the candidate of a united opposition against Bongo in 2016, boycotted the parliamentary vote on the grounds that he is really “the elected president”.

Most PDG heavyweights won seats in the national assembly with impressive scores, including Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet with 89.57% and former foreign and interior minister Pacome Moubelet-Boubeya on 91.78%.

The large wins were shared by most serving government ministers and politicians close to Bongo, whose dynasty has ruled Gabon for almost half a century.

The president’s eldest daughter, Malika Bongo Ondimba, officially took no fewer than 99.19 percent of votes in Bongoville, a stronghold of the family clan and the birthplace of her late grandfather, Omar Bongo, who died in 2009.

Malika Bongo is a member of the political bureau of the PDG, otherwise known for reviving a “Miss Gabon” contest and pageant.

The opposition has repeatedly alleged vote-buying and fraud at the polls, accusations that have been partially backed up in statements to AFP by witnesses.

In the last parliamentary elections in 2011, the PDG took more than 100 seats out of a total of 120. The size of the national assembly grew to 143 members early this year after a revision of constituency sizes and boundaries.

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Ghana Opens First Round Of Bidding For Exploratory Licenses

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Ghana Opens First Round Of Bidding For Exploratory Licenses

President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the opening of the country’s first open and competitive round of bidding for energy exploration licenses, with three offshore blocks being offered. Previously, Ghana had awarded leases through a closed negotiation process.

All of the blocks are located in ghana’s central basin. To undertake the exploration and extraction.

Bidders have to show financial capacity and technical expertise and present a timetable for their exploration and development program.

President Akufo-Addo also announced a review of all licensing agreements covering blocks that were inactive, where concession holders had not undertaken the required exploratory or development work.

This move could see a number of blocks re-enter the market, either through competitive bidding or direct negotiations, generating further interest in the upstream component of the industry from both independent operators and major players.

Although the development of these offshore sites will require significant investment, rising international oil prices could well justify the expense.

Development of major offshore oilfields is set to boost export earnings and stimulate investment inflows.

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Namibia National Council Chairperson Tasks MPs On Safe Driving

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Namibia National Council Chairperson Tasks MPs On Safe Driving

As the Namibian National Council adjourned for the holidays on Thursday, chairperson margaret mensah-williams gave an unusual advise to members of parliament. She asked them to take the lead by being safe drivers and obey traffic rules.  She especially harped on obeying speed limits.

She referred to some highways in the country that have historically recorded high numbers of accidents, some of which had involved members of parliament.  One of such fatal accidents recently occurred on the country’s b-one highway.

Mensah-williams advised everyone to be responsible drivers this holiday season, asking drivers to be more patient on the roads.  She said it is unacceptable that road accidents have become the leading causes of death in the country.

She warns against drinking and driving and gender-based violence, appealing to namibians not to rape, kill or abuse their partners and children in anyway whatsoever.

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Angola Admitted Into Gas Exporting Countries Forum As Observing Member

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Angola Admitted Into Gas Exporting Countries Forum As Observing Member

Angola has been admitted into the Gas Exporting Countries Forum as an observer member. GECF is an international governmental organization based in Doha, Qatar.

The group brings together the world’s leading gas producers and supports the sovereign rights of member countries over their gas resources.  It also helps them with their rights and capability to manage, develop, use and conserve those resources in a way that is sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly.

Executive Chairman of African Energy Chamber, N.J. Ayuk said this is a step in the right direction for Namibia, and it’s in line wth the country’s  economic goals and projects.  He also said this would help in expanding economic diversification.

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