Libreville and Lomé to be inducted into Commonwealth in Kigali
The decision was taken by Commonwealth member states on 12 June: Gabon and Togo will officially become members of the Commonwealth on 24 June at the heads of state summit in Kigali.
Though constitutionally speaking the role of first lady does not exist in Gabon, over the past two years Ali Bongo's wife has taken a much larger role. Her influence, albeit invisible and never mentioned in public, can sway public appointments from within the presidential office and key ministries through to the service providers to the regime.
The Gabonese president, who has just appointed a number of allies in his government, followed up on 9 March with significant changes to the Parti Démocratique Gabonais (PDG) aimed at reaching an equilibrium to cater to all political boards.
The former British prime minister, whose Tony Blair Institute has been helping the DRC to develop its economic strategy, has warned President Tshisekedi against allowing the Australian giant Fortescue to be in sole charge of the development of the Grand Inga mega-dams.