GUY NZOUBA-NDAMA FROM GABON RESIGNS
By Franck Felix Gutenberg, US Africa News. Updated 2016-04-05
While some were quick to classify it as a rumor, or a campaign of disinformation and vilification on social networks, the information has been confirmed: the resignation of Guy Nzouba Ndama is now official. As of March 31, according to sources from the Leon Mba Palace, Nzouba-Ndama, President of the National Assembly, officially resigned from the presidency of the institution which he directed for nearly twenty years in his position, making him the third highest ranking member of the regime. At 69, he was considered one of the last remaining heirs of Omar Bongo Ondimba still involved affairs of State.
Born July 17, 1946 at Koulamoutou in Gabon’s province of Ogooué-Lolo, Nzouba Ndama, the father of eight children, joined the civil service as Professor of Philosophy of High Schools, after completing his studies in September 1975. He entered politics in October 1990 as a member of the department of Lolo-Bouenguidi at Koulamoutou. He was elected President of the National Assembly on January 27, 1997, a position he held until his resignation.
His resignation is not a surprise, given the mini-tsunami and political coup that recently challenged the authority of the Gabon regime. Everyone knew that there was a rebellion within the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG). Discontent is allegedly coming from members rallying around the government and president. Nzouba-Ndama was under suspicion, rightly or wrongly, as the leader of the rebellious MPs who were eventually expelled from the party. Gestures of disaffection between the government and the president of the National Assembly multiplied and finally pushed Nzouba-Ndama out the door.
His departure raises fears of a constitutional crisis at the top level of the State. But according to the rules of the National Assembly, the majority party must nominate a candidate to be voted in a plenary session. PDG, a majority party in the National Assembly, in principle has nothing to fear. Still, it is circulating a long list of MPs about to leave the party. Nzouba-Ndama could join the ranks of dissidents of the Gabonese Democratic Party, who have announced their intention to present a candidate to face the current president, Ali Bongo Ondimba, himself a candidate for his own succession in the presidential election scheduled for August 28.
While people have been on the alert for Nzouba-Ndama’s return since the morning of March 31, his intercession in the “other business” segment of the day’s plenary session, broadcast live on Radio Gabon, was brutally interrupted before being replaced by a musical interlude followed by an program did not report on the resignation . The coming days should better illuminate the decision of the former President of the National Assembly, while rumors fly about a potential investigation against him.