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Bongo, Omar (El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba; orig. Albert Bernard Bongo)

Born: 1935 AD
Currently alive, at 79 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.


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