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Biography of André MBA OBAME

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Born on 15/06/1957 (format : day/month/year)

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André Mba Obame (June 15, 1957), Is a Politician from Gabon who is currently attempting to become President to replace the President Omar Bongo who died recently. He is considered to be a serious opponent for the fight for Omar Bongo's successor which is also being fought by Ali Bongo, Omar Bongo's son.

Born in Medouneu in Haut Komo. He went to a catholic school in Medouneu, going on to do his secondary studies at the monastery of Saint Kisito at Oyem, then the Monastery at Saint Jean in Libreville and then the National Lycée Léon MBA. He went onto to study in Canada at Laval University and then to the Sorbonne University where he where he obtained a Phd in Political Science.

In 1984 he became a member of the Gabonese President's cabinet, having been a member of the National opposition party Morena whilst he was in Paris. With other young people, including Ali Bongo Ondimba he became a member of the renovators.

After the national conference in 1990 he entered the government as Minister of Agriculture and later becoming Minister for Human Rights and relations with the Assemblees.

He left the government in 1991 because of the new constitution law which obliged government ministers to be aged at least 35 or older. He was then named Adjundant general secretary to the President of the Republic.

In 1996 he was elected as member of parliament for the Haut Komo Komo department. He returned to the government in 1997 when he became minister for relations with Institutionional Constitutions.

In January 1999,  following the 1998 elections he was named Minister of Educationand, then in 2002 he became Minister of Solidarity and Social Affaires.

After the 2005 Presidential elections he became Minister of the Interior, Security and Immigration. On 19 June 2009 he became Minister of the Coordiantion and Government action.

On 23 July, as for the two other ministerial candidates, he did not continue in his ministerial functions.


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