Gabon. According to
Countryaah, the Permanent Government Party PDG remained
uninhabited after a general election in December. A large
part of the opposition had called for election boycotts due
to alleged irregularities during the preparations. The
turnout was low.
The election was overshadowed by the news that a new
outbreak of the dreaded Ebola fever hit northeast Gabon; 16
people were reported to have died in December.
Gabon - Libreville
Libreville, capital of Gabon; 797,000 residents (2012). Libreville, located
on the northern shore of Gabon Bay, is an important port city, and Owendo, 15 km
southeast of Libreville, has a deep harbor, with exports of timber, cocoa,
rubber and palm products. The city center is European, surrounded by African
settlements. Libreville has a university (founded in 1970) and an international
airport (about 10 km north of the city).
The French built a fort on the site in 1843, and a settlement named
Libreville was founded for freed slaves in 1849. Libreville became the capital
of 1910 in the Gabon colony in French Equatorial Africa and 1960 in the Republic