The remains of late president, Omar Bongo, were flown into the capital Libreville yesterday, June 11, 2009
Present on the arrival of the Spanish air force flight bearing the late president’s body, were thousands of people who had gathered to pay their respects. Among these were the military and administrative branches of the government as well as family members.
The late president’s burial is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16 and will be characterized by the presence of dignitaries from many nations who are expected to attend.
“We are weeping for our papa, we wish him peace, the peace he always wished for us, for Gabon”
says a shopkeeper in Libreville, reflecting the mood of the people of Gabon visibly moved by Bongo’s passing.
With interim president, Rose Rogombe appointed to lead the country through this difficult transition, the country is now poised for 30 days of mourning that will begin with the late president’s body lying in state at the presidential palace.