Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba says he would seek a third term as the oil-rich African nation’s head of state.

Bongo, 64, took over from his father, Omar Bongo Ondimba, the country’s ruler for 41 years, in 2009.

The president was narrowly re-elected in 2016, with just 5,500 more votes than rival Jean Ping who claimed the election had been fixed.

The Bongo family has ruled the country for 55 years already and is branded a dynastic power by the opposition, while the opposition failed to agree on a single candidate for the presidential election, leaving some 15 candidates to announce their intentions to stand.

Meanwhile, in April, the Gabonese parliament voted to amend the constitution and reduce the president’s term from seven to five years.

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