In Gabon, there is a debate about a bill that tightens the eligibility criteria for the President of the Republic on Monday. According to this project, in order to be a candidate for a presidential election, you must live in the country for at least six months each year during the two years before the election. Diplomats are also worried. To be applicable, the bill must first be adopted by Parliament. The opposition suspects a distorted coup two years from the next presidential election.
as reported from Libreville, Yves-Laurent Goma
Opponent Alexandre Barro Chambrier’s possible presidential candidate in 2023 condemns a “maneuver aimed at eliminating opponents”.
Currently in France, Victoire Lasseny Duboze, former secretary general of the ruling ruling party, regrets this new bill. She also intends to run for president a second time.
“I ask deputies and senators not to vote for this discriminatory and anti-democratic law,” asked Innocent Bemvone, a United States candidate.
On social networks, many Gabonese claim that this provision is intended to exclude Omar Denis Junior, son of Omar Bongo, who lives in Brazzaville, Congo. But Frédéric Bongo, another son of Omar Bongo sent to South Africa as defense attaché, would also be excluded.
“You have to live in the country for a certain amount of time to know the reality of the populations that you claim to lead,” Jessye Ella Ekogha, a spokeswoman for the presidency of the republic, said last Tuesday.