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Omar Bongo dies at 73; Gabon's president for 42 years
Omar Bongo dies at 73; Gabon's president for 42 years

Gabon President Omar Bongo, whose nearly 42-year rule was a throwback to an era when Africa was ruled by "Big Men," died Monday of cardiac arrest in a Spanish hospital. He was 73. Doctors at the Quiron Clinic in Barcelona, Spain, announced Bongo's death Monday about 2:30 p.m. Central European Summer Time, Gabonese Prime Minister Jean Eyeghe Ndong said. Bongo was admitted to the hospital last month. Bongo had been in office in the former French colony since 1967, harking back to the days when "Big Men" came to power in Africa and never let go. He had been in power for so long that most of Gabon's 1.5 million people have known only him as president. ...

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