President Ali Bongo restates Gabon’s intention to join the Commonwealth

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Ali Bongo Ondimba
Ali Bongo Ondimba

Gabonese President Ali Bongo on Wednesday reiterated his country’s intention to join the Commonwealth, while declaring his country’s bid to rally “full and complete affiliation to the big family of the Francophonie (French-speaking world).”

“Gabon intends to rally its full and complete affiliation to the big family of the Francophonie, while staying open to the English-speaking world, gathered within the Commonwealth,” he tweeted, while announcing his meeting earlier with Louise Mushikiwabo, secretary general of the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF).

Gabon, a French-speaking African country, has decided to knock on the door of the Commonwealth, as the Gabonese president expressed in May the intention to join the association in a short time.

Libreville is still patiently waiting for its candidacy to be validated at the next Commonwealth summit in Kigali, which was originally scheduled for June, but postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If all goes well for Libreville, Gabon will become the third non-English speaking country to join the Commonwealth, after Mozambique in 1995 and Rwanda in 2009. Enditem

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