With next year’s presidential elections approaching, controversy has been brewing over Ali Bongo’s place of birth with critics saying he falsified his birth certificate to hide the fact that he was refugee boy who was adopted from another country – Nigeria.
Sadly, if the facts can be proved in court, it could stop him from running for President of the country again and he will also lose his wealth.
Her lawyer Eric Moutet hailed the decision as “enormous”, though “diplomatically complex”.
Ali Bongo is the only one out of ex-president Omar Bongo’s 54 declared heirs not to have produced any of his identification documents.
Ali Bongo assumed the presidency following the death in 2009 of his “father” Omar Bongo, who presided over the west African nation and its oil and mineral wealth since 1967.
Bongo himself claims he was born in Brazzaville in 1959, former capital of French Equatorial Africa.
The Nantes civil registration centre is responsible for all birth certificates of people born in French Equatorial Africa up to 1960, when the former colonial countries in the region gained independence to become Gabon, Congo, Chad and the Central African Republic.
Ali Bongo announced in late August that he would give “all his share of the inheritance” from his father to “the Gabonese youth” in a speech marking the 55th anniversary of independence.