After obtaining a law degree in France, Ali Bongo made debut in the political circle by joining PDG in 1981. He was elected to PDG's Central Committee in 1983 and entered PDG's Political Bureauin 1984. Two years later, he was elected to the Political Bureau
Ali Bongo was named as minister of national defense on Jan. 25,1999. He was promoted to the rank of minister of state in January 2006 while still keeping the job of defense chief. In September 2008, Ali Bongo was reelected as a vice president of PDG. On July 19, 2009, the ruling PDG chief Faustin Boukoubi officially nominated Ali Bongo the party's presidential candidate. Ali Bongo was dismissed as minister of national defense by interim president Rose Francine Rogombe so as to contest in the presidential election on an equal footing with other candidates. He focused the campaign on his platform of peace, development and equality.
ALI BEN BONGO ONDIMBA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS CAMPAIGN
"If the Gabonese place the trust in me and elect me to the head of state, I certainly will not stay 40 years, rest assured." Ali Ben quoted by local media saying he would not seek to remain in power forever.
"We are going to jealously guard the peace which was left behind by the late president Omar Bongo Ondimba while stressing on durable development and the equitable distribution of resources toall the people," he said to the local population in the western province of Estuaire during his campaign.
Ali Bongo also announced to reform the education system and improve the professional training while taking into account the state potential and the market needs if he is elected.
"Our duty will be to create jobs all over," he said while promising to never interfere with the work of the two parliamentary chambers, the senate and the national assembly, in which his party has the majority representation.
Ali Bongo Ondimba rapping and dancing (I must admit he is pretty good;-)
In February 1992, he organized a visit by American pop singer Michael Jackson to Gabon.
In 1986 Joséphine and Albert Bongo divorced. Marie embarked on a career as a professional artist, under her new name, Patience Dabany. Her first album, Levekisha, was a great success in Gabon and in many African countries. Source:wikipedia
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