Gabon re-opens its borders and airports as situation remains calm in the capital, Libreville
Following the death of Gabon’s head of state Omar Bongo, Senate Speaker Rose Francine Rogombe has been scheduled to act as president of the country during the transition to power to be determined by upcoming elections. The elections should take place in the next 30 to 45 days as stipulated by the country’s constitution.
The Country has also reopened its borders to international travel and so far, no negative travel advice has been given. Africa’s Eden advises individuals to regularly check the travel advice of their country’s ministry of foreign affairs.We do not expect Tourism in the country to be affected but will keep you abreast on any new developments. There will be an official mourning period of 30 days before the scheduled elections and brief details of the President’s funeral can be seen below. For enquiries and recent developments, do not hesitate to contact us.
Summary of Late President Omar Bongo’s Funeral
Thursday June 11 2009
15h30:Arrival of remains from Barcelona (Spain)
– Family and military final salute
Friday June 12 2009
– National mourning
Saturday June 13 2009
– Religious ceremonies
Sunday 14 June 2009-Monday 15 June 2009
– Administrative and political salute and ceremonies
Tuesday 16 June 2009
– Foreign administrative branches final salute
– Government’s final salute
– Military demonstrations
15h30- flight carrying remains of president leaves for Mvengue
Wednesday 17 June 2009
– National Mourning all day
Thursday 18 June 2009
10h00- Final family rites and interment.