China is stepping up its plans for naval bases in the east and west of the continent, much to the displeasure of the Biden administration, which is determined not to let the Chinese navy increase its presence in Africa.
While waiting for the third and final report from the Commonwealth's inspection mission, Gabon is continuing to develop its British tropism.
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.
As tensions within the Bongo family rose in recent weeks on social media, another battle with more serious consequences was being played out in the corridors of the president's office. At stake is control over Gabon's telephone and internet interception capabilities.
The decision was as sudden as it was shrouded in mystery: on 15 September, four months before Gabon joined the Security Council, the UN told Gabonese peacekeepers deployed in the Central African Republic to leave the country, citing cases of sexual abuse.
Just as Ali Bongo is scheduled to attend the EU-AU summit in Brussels on 17 February, organised by the French president's office, his inner circle has been summoned by the French judge who is investigating the imprisonment of his former chief of staff, Brice Laccruche, who holds French citizenship.