What has he been doing for the last 38 years?
Today, Gabon's head of state was sworn in for another seven-year term as the country's leader. In his inauguration speech, Bongo noted the following:
The expectations of my compatriots, notably employment, roads, health, education, housing, are great. The hope expressed in their vote is immense. The seven-year term that begins is thus of critical importance.
The social project that I presented to the Gabonese people clearly indicates the direction of our action. I defined its objectives, priorities and steps.
What I see in this project that I repeated throughout the year 2005 is a society based on solidarity, equity, justice and progress.
Through it, we will progressively vanquish poverty, we will combat social fracture, we will create development and we will give more substance to national unity, democracy, stability and peace.
It is thus fundamental that the action of the state fully realize the legitimate hopes of the Gabonese men and women.
This begs the question. Bongo has been in power since 1968. Why should one expected that the next seven years will be any better on those fronts than the previous 38?