Judge Dominique Blanc no longer on 'ill-gotten gains' case
There will be a new judge on the case of the "ill-gotten gains" in France involving the presidential families of Gabon and Congo as the investigations continue and charges pile up.
On 18 April, Fidel Andjoua Ondimba, the brother of Gabon's former president Omar Bongo and Ndjobi grand master, died and was buried shortly after in Franceville. His son, a presidential advisor, has replaced him at the head of this traditional ritual widely practised in Haut-Ogooué, the Bongo family stronghold.
President Ali Bongo's coordinator and eldest son Noureddin Bongo has found a way to assert his influence in government: task forces. These ad hoc teams of civil servants and consultants are ostensibly there to assist government departments, but can have a tendency to bypass them.
The head of state is a practising Muslim but has always been at pains to show he cares about the other religions in his country. The latest display of this diplomatic-spiritual prudence was the appointment of a Frenchman, who was one of his tutors in the 1970s, to represent Gabon at the Holy See.