Gabon: beyond the colonial legacy
officers, a highly controversial French military intervention that returned Mba to power, and the restored appearance of economic and political stability in the 1980s under President Omar Bongo. French interests--and those of a number of other countries--are based on Gabon's extensive natural wealth. Significant deposits of petroleum, iron ore, manganese, and uranium provide a powerful incentive for external economic involvement. At the same time, fluctuations in the.
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