WHAT TO SAY OF THE APPOINTMENT OF RAYMOND NDONG-SIMA AND "HIS" GOVERNMENT? QUE DIRE DE LA NOMINATION DE RAYMOND NDONG-SIMA ET DE "SON" GOUVERNEMENT?
English version First Raymond Ndong-Sima was appointed and then Ali Bongo gave him a piece of paper with the names of those in "his" government. So dear compatriots, you waited for many days: what is new? Nothing! Due to the nature of the regime imposed on the Gabonese people since 1967 by his father, Ali Bongo has a strong incentive to maintain the status quo and to limit any chance of real change in the country that could really threaten his family control of ultimate power. For this purpose, he must use the language and artifice of change, while at the same time diluting to its maximum the possibility of the formation of an alternate center of political strength in Gabon. Because of the way the election of 2009 occurred and the blatant parody and imposture that brought Ali Bongo to power, large segments of the Gabonese population were very hostile to what they perceived to be the instauration of a monarchy in their country. From a grass roots perspect