By Calvin Palmer
The President of Gabon, Omar Bongo, Africa’s longest-serving leader, died today of a heart attack in a Spanish clinic.
He died at the Quiron clinic in Barcelona, according to a statement issued at the hospital by Jean Eyeghe Ndong, Gabon’s prime minister.
Bongo, 73, had held the reins of power in the oil-rich central African nation for more than four decades.
“Throughout his political career, President Bongo always cultivated unity and cohesion among the Gabonese people,” Ndong said, announcing 30 days of national mourning.
I guess bongo drums will fall silent throughout the world as a mark of respect.
Anyone following the link below please note the sloppiness that has pervaded The Telegraph’s story and its Web Page.
The story refers to “Mr Gabon” and across the page under Editor’s Choice, just marvel at the heading “Omar Bongo: an African tyant”.
Some months ago I offered my services as a “virtual stone-sub” to The Telegraph and was informed the newspaper had just laid off several editorial people.
Sadly, it is starting to show. Those lay-offs could well amount to a false economy, as editorial standards fall even further.
Should anyone at The Telegraph happen to read this post, my offer still stands.
[Based on a report by The Daily Telegraph.]