Gabon’s Bongo drums up controversy with Oval Office visit
June 9th, 2011
11:50 AM ET
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Gabon’s Bongo drums up controversy with Oval Office visit

Washington (CNN) - When the president of the United States invites a world leader into the Oval Office it elevates the meeting and extends the warmest of embraces to his visitor. That’s why Thursday’s meeting with President Ali Bongo of the West Central African nation of Gabon is raising eyebrows.

The oil rich nation of an estimated 1.5 million people has been ruled by the Bongo family for decades, but there have long been allegations of corruption.

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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Beautiful country Gabon!!
    The French Riviera of Africa.

    June 9, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  2. A Kickin` Donkey

    We need to make inroads in Africa to balance China`s push on that continent.

    Barack Obama is the man for the job because of his international appeal & stature.

    June 9, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    No Republican official would even consider meeting with this man. Bush-43 most certainly never would have met with the man. He never met with any leaders from the lesser known African nations.

    June 9, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |