Gabon. Opposition politician André Mba Obame declared
himself president in January and declared that he had
appointed a new government. Obame claimed that he cheated
the victory in the 2009 presidential election by cheating.
He went to the UN office in the capital Libreville with a
call to the World Organization to recognize his takeover of
power. There he remained for a month as the government
declared his party National unity dissolved with immediate
effect and threatened him with charges of treason.
After lengthy negotiations, he could leave the UN
building with his "government" without arrest, but
Parliament later deprived him of his legal immunity for
prosecution. Obame and all his followers were dismissed from
the public service they had. The Supreme Administrative
Court subsequently approved the dissolution of Obame's
Countryaah official site, the PDG government won 113 of the 120 seats in the
parliamentary elections in December, after parts of the
opposition boycotted the election in protest of the
government saying no to the requirement for biometric voting
cards to reduce the possibility of cheating. The turnout was
The Gabonese state was reported in July to buy the late
US Senator Ted Kennedy's residence in Washington for US $
6.5 million. According to The Washington Post, Gabon's
ambassador was to move into the house.