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World Leader
    (December 30, 1935-June 8, 2009)
    Born in Lewai (now Bongoville), Gabon
    Birth name was Albert-Bernard Bongo
    President of Gabon (1967-2009)
    You change your name from 'Albert-Bernard Bongo' and it is the 'Albert-Bernard' part that gets the ax?
    He ruled Gabon as a one-party state until 1990.
    After allowing opposition parties, he used the country's oil revenues to bribe their leaders into not putting up too vigorous a challenge.
    A fashion designer testified that he kept Bongo supplied with prostitutes during his frequent visits to Paris.
    He allegedly paid $9 million to lobbyist Jack Abramoff to arrange a meeting with President George W. Bush.
    He reportedly received 50 million euros a year in illicit payments from the French petroleum company Elf Aquitaine.
    His French bank accounts were frozen during an investigation into corruption charges (February, 2009).
    He was born in poverty.
    He was popular with the Gabonese for maintaining stability, despite the country's varied ethnic mix.
    He played an important role in trying to solve crises in the Congo, the Central African Republic and Burundi.
    Upon the retirement of Fidel Castro, he became the world's longest-ruling non-royal leader.

Credit: C. Fishel

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    In 2010, Out of 166 Votes: 68.07% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 143 Votes: 74.83% Annoying
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