Gabon. After the elections in December 1996, the new
government was installed in February 1997. The incumbent
Prime Minister Obame-Nguema formed a new government without
any major changes. Most of the members were taken from the
winning party Parti Démocratique Gabonais (PDG). However, a
small number came from the opposition.
Countryaah, President Omar Bongo announced unexpectedly in June that
a vice president from the opposition would be appointed.
Divunggui-Di-Ndinge Didjob, one of the country's leading
opposition politicians, was appointed.
According to the president, the measure was part of the
quest to create national unity. However, according to the
constitution, the vice president will not be able to take
the place of the president in the event of his absence.