Gabon and modern Slavery in Africa
Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2001
1470 - Portuguese arrive in what is now Gabon.
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1839 - Local Mpongwe ruler signs away sovereignty to the French.
1910 - Gabon becomes part of French Equatorial Africa.
1958 - Gabon votes to become autonomous republic in the French Community.
1960 - Gabon becomes independent.
1961 - Leon Mba elected president.
1964 - French forces restore Mba's presidency after crushing military coup.
1967 - Bongo becomes president after Mba dies.
1973 - Bongo converts to Islam and assumes the first name of Omar.
1990 - Opposition parties legalized, accuse the government of fraud in parliamentary elections held in September and October.
1991 - Parliament adopts a new constitution which formalises the multiparty system.
1993 - Bongo narrowly wins presidential election, the first held under the new multiparty constitution; opposition accuses government of electoral fraud.
1996 - Governing Gabonese Democratic Party wins significant majority in parliamentary elections.
1998 - Bongo re-elected to a seven-year term.
BBC - The slave children
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