Gabon in election turmoil

President Ali Bongo's family have ruled the Central African oil state for almost 50 years. Photo©Francois Mori/AP/SIPAA day after Wednesday's contested re-election of Ali Bongo Ondimba, Gabon is still under a state of high alert.

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Gabon seeks OPEC membership after '95 exit

File photo©ReutersThe African nation of Gabon wants to rejoin OPEC after more than two decades, two OPEC sources said, becoming the second former member in a year to seek a return to the oil exporters' group just as it is taking the first steps in years to prop up prices.

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Mining: Attractiveness is more important than short-term fluctuations

Alan Davies Chief executive for diamonds and minerals, rio TintoRio Tinto's chief executive for diamonds and minerals, Alan Davies, explains how he sees the company's future in Africa.

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Mining: Phosphate, the green ore glimmers

Photo©ReutersLow prices are not putting off international investors, who are piling into the phosphates sector in Togo, Guinea-Bissau, Gabon and Senegal, confident of future fertiliser needs.

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Infrastructure: Gabon signs loans for port and major highway development

Gabon has signed agreements with the Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC) for loans on two major infrastructure projects totalling more than $200 million, the presidency said on Sunday.

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Low oil prices and security threats haunt central African region

IMF chief, Christine Lagarde says the prolonged slump in oil prices presents a new reality for CEMAC. Photo©ReutersTighter public spending, economic diversification and greater regional trade are needed to spur growth in central Africa that has been hampered by plunging oil prices and security threats, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Friday.

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Gabon Country Profile 2015: Live by oil, die by oil

altCampaigning for Gabon's 2016 presidential elections has already begun. President Ali Bongo Ondimba has launched a series of anti-corruption investigations to improve his governance credentials and is seeking to improve his weak performance in delivering on promises like building 5,000 new housing units per year.

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Morocco: A battle royale

Photos© illustration by Séverin MilletThree Moroccan banks – one part owned by a royal holding company – have led an expansion charge into sub-Saharan Africa. Now, they have changed tack, seeking slower growth and consolidation

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Oil & Gas: Lower prices to hurt Africa's oil producers

Lower oil prices will reduce growth in sub-Saharan Africa's major petroleum producing countries and push governments to implement significant policy adjustments, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

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Africa's electronic transactions grow as card services join mobile market

Photo©ReutersElectronic payment service companies, Visa and MasterCard have launched card services aimed at Africa's growing mobile payment industry.

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Best and worst of Afcon 2015 tournament

Ivory Coast celebrates Afcon 2015 victory. Photo©Taimour LayAfter 32 games over 23 days, AFCON 2015 ended in Bata on Sunday with an emotional win for Ivory Coast over Ghana. Taimour Lay presents his highs and lows of the tournament.

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Afcon 2015 Final: Côte d'Ivoire end their long wait

 Ivory Coast's Yata Touré kisses his team mate and goal keeper, Boubacar Barry. Photo©Taimour Lay

After a goalless extra time at the 2015 African Cup of Nations finals, Les Elephants on Sunday unsettled Ghana's Black Stars with a sensational 9-8 penalty shootout victory.

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In Pictures: AFCON 2015 - Violence at Ghana / Equatorial Guinea semi final match

Photo©Taimour LayThe 2015 AFCON semi final match between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea will go down in history as probably the most chaotic as disgruntled fans of the losing team turned violent. Deep into the second-half, after Ghana's third goal, the missiles started to be directed at 500 Ghana fans gathered in a segregated corner. First it was bottles, then stones, then glass, all raining down on the pitch from Equatoguinean fans furious at perceived injustices at the hands of the referee. Ghana's fans, admirably restrained throughout, eventually made it to the opposite corner of the ground.

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AFCON 2015: Ghana reach final amid stadium violence

Avram Grant and his Ghana players look on as the stands are cleared during the 40 minute stoppage. Photo©Taimour LayDisgruntled Equatorial Guinea fans force semi-final in Malabo to be suspended for 40 minutes

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AFCON 2015 hosts Equatorial Guinea reach semis after controversial penalty

EG players celebrate their victory with home crowd. Photo©Taimour LayEquatorial Guinea reached the semi-finals of the 2015 African Cup of Nations amid controversy in Bata on Saturday night.

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AFCON 2015: DRC come back to win battle of the Congos

DRC fans celebrate in the upper tier of the stand after witnessing their team's fourth goal. Photo©Taimour LayA remarkable second-half turnaround at the quarter-final match between the national teams of the two Congos, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo, gives DRC manager Ibenge a place in the semi-finals.

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The Paris Africa rally

If ever there was a time for a unity march against terror, it is now in Nigeria in the election season.

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Renard leads Cote d'Ivoire into quarters as AFCON 2015 heats up

Côte d'Ivoire's Max Gradel celebrates his goal. Photo©Taimour Lay for The Africa ReportIvory Coast qualified for the quarter-finals on Wednesday night after the tightest of 1-0 wins over Cameroon.

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Afcon 2015: Heavyweights endure group of death in Mongomo

Asamoah Gyan has returned for Ghana after a All four teams in Group C of the 2015 African Cup of Nations are still able to make quarter-finals.

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Fans and police clash at 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

Police vans surround Bata Stadium after clashes. Photo©Taimour LayArmed police and Equatorial Guinea fans clashed outside Bata Stadium on Wednesday night in a rare show of public disorder in the repressive west African state.

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