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Bongo, Omar

Born: 1935 AD
Currently alive, at 80 years of age.
Nationality: Gabonese
Categories: Politician

1935 – Born on the 30th of December in Lewai, a town of the Haut-Ogooué province in southeastern Gabon.

         – Worked at the Post and Telecommunications Public Services, before starting his military training.

1960 – Bongo started his political career.

1967-1976 – Served as prime minister of Gabon.

1967 – He was elected vice president in March with Leon M’ba.

         – Became president after the death of M’ba on 28th of November. At the age of 31 he became the world’s youngest president at the time.

1970s – He converted to Islam, taking the name Omar Bongo.

1976-1981 – Once again he became the prime minister of Gabon.

1989-1991 – Served as Foreign Minister.

1999 – Becoming Defence Minister.

2003 – He added Ondimba as his surname.

2005 – In February after the death of Togolese president Gnassingbé Eyadéma, he became Africa’s longest serving ruler, and the world’s fifth longest serving ruler.

2006 – He was sworn in for another seven-year term on the 19th of January.