Gabon. As a result of the December 1998 re-election of
President Omar Bongo, the government was reformed in
January. According to
Countryaah official website, Former Prime Minister of Housing and Urban
Planning, Jean-François Ntoutoume Emane, was appointed new
Prime Minister. He is one of the president's closest
confidants, with more than 20 years of government
experience, and led Bongo's reelection campaign.
The ongoing fighting in neighboring Congo-Brazzaville led
to increased refugee flows into Gabon during the latter part
of the year, which requested assistance from the UN to cope
with the reception. At least 10,000 Congolese came across
the border in no time.