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Biography of Pierre MAMBOUNDOU

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Born on 06/11/1946 (format : day/month/year)

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Pierre Mamboundou (b. November 6, 1946- died October 15, 2011), was  a Gabonese politician and President of the Union of the Gabonese People (UPG).

Opposant of the old head of State, Omar Bongo, he never wanted to join the government. He considered himself to be an opponent and had continued through to the 'reign' of the new President, Bongo's son, Ali.

Mamboundou was born in Mouila. He headed the commercial agency of the Office of Posts and Telecommunications from 1978 to 1979, and he worked at the Agency of Cultural and Technical Cooperation (ACCT) from 1979 to 1989; he was the ACCT's Director of External Relations from 1985 to 1989 and was based in Paris. In Paris on 14 July 1989, he announced the foundation of the UPG, an opposition party. After being accused of organizing an October 1989 coup plot, he was convicted in absentia and sentenced to ten years in prison. He denied the accusation and said that the plot was an invention of the government. Mamboundou was also dismissed from his post at the ACCT in 1989.

On 19 July 2009, following President Bongo's death on 8 June, Mamboundou was designated as the candidate of the Alliance for Change and Restoration opposition coalition for the 30 August 2009 presidential election. Aside from the UPG, this coalition included the National Alliance of Builders (ANB), the Union for the New Republic (UPRN), the National Rally of Woodcutters (RNB), and the Gabonese Socialist Party (PSG). Mamboundou declared that "Gabon needs another new way to govern".
During the electoral campaign, Mamboundou said on 20 August 2009 that Gabon did not need a Senate and that he would seek the abolition of the Senate through referendum if he were elected.



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