Ali Bongo Ondimba

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Ali Bongo Ondimba (born Alain Bernard Bongo; 9 February 1959),[1] sometimes known as Ali Bongo, is a Gabonese politician who is the third and current president of Gabon since October 2009.

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Ali Bongo Ondimba
Bongo in 2012
3rd President of Gabon
Assumed office
16 October 2009
Prime MinisterPaul Biyoghé Mba
Raymond Ndong Sima
Daniel Ona Ondo
Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet
Julien Nkoghe Bekale
Rose Christiane Raponda
Alain Claude Bilie By Nze
Vice PresidentPierre-Claver Maganga Moussavou
Rose Christiane Raponda
Preceded byOmar Bongo
Personal details
Alain Bernard Bongo

(1959-02-09) 9 February 1959 (age 64)
Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa (now Congo-Brazzaville)
Political partyPDG
SpouseSylvia Valentin
Residence(s)Presidential Palace
Libreville, Gabon
Alma materPantheon-Sorbonne University

Ali Bongo is the son of Omar Bongo, who was President of Gabon from 1967 until his death in 2009. During his father's presidency, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1989 to 1991, represented Bongoville as a Deputy in the National Assembly from 1991 to 1999, and was Minister of Defense from 1999 to 2009. After his father's death, he won the 2009 Gabonese presidential election.[2] He was reelected in 2016, in elections marred by numerous irregularities, arrests, human rights violations and post-election protests and violence.[3][4] Bongo is also president of the Gabonese Democratic Party.