Currently alive, at 81 years of age.
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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.