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Biography of Jean PING

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Born on 24/11/1942 (format : day/month/year)

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Jean Ping (b. November 24,1942), is a Gabonese diplomat, and since February 1,2008 he's the head of the Commission of the African Union. He replaced Alpha Oumar Kona , ex-Malian president who previously held this post. Jean Ping has been the foreign minister of Gabon since 1999.
Ping's father was a Chinese trader and his mother was Gabonese.He is one of President Bongo's closest and longest-serving ministers and is one of the most powerful figures in Gabon

Mr. Ping holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). A recipient of numerous honours in recognition of his outstanding career and service to his country, Mr. Ping has been awarded Gabon’s medals of Commander of the Equatorial Star, Grand Officer of the Equatorial Star, Commander of the Maritime Order and Commander of the Gabonese National Order of Merit.

Jean Ping who was born  in 1942 in Omboue, in the Etimbwe region of Gabon, enjoys general  popularity  in Gabon.
Jean Ping, deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Gabon, was elected as the new chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission on Friday to replace former Malian president Alpha Oumar Konare.

He first entered the political field in March 1994, he was appointed as Gabon's foreign minister for the first time, but left the position eight months later.

He was appointed as foreign minister in 1999 once again, and has been in that office ever since.
He was chosen to be President of the fifty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2004.

Last update : 06/29/2008

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