Territory in west central Africa, ruled since 1991 by the République Gabonaise


Gabon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Gabon (officially the Gabonese Republic (French: République Gabonaise) is a state in west central Africa sharing borders with Equatorial Guinea to the northwest, Cameroon to the north, and with the Republic of the Congo curving around the east and south. The Gulf of Guinea, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean is to the west. It covers a land area of nearly 270,000 km² and has an estimated population of 1,500,000. Its capital and largest city is Libreville. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Gabon | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 34, Political Rights: 6, Civil Liberties: 5
"During 2015, Gabon’s political leaders jockeyed for position ahead of presidential and legislative elections in 2016. In February, the government repealed a 2011 ban on the main opposition party National Union (NU), enabling NU candidates to run in the 2016 elections. However, NU's leader, André Mba Obame, died of illness in April, sparking violence by opposition supporters in Libreville, the capital. Also in 2015, Jean Ping, another high-profile opposition figure, emerged as a leading challenger to President Ali Bongo Ondimba in the 2016 presidential election."
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 5.85, Rank: 135, Personal Freedom: 5.99, Economic Freedom: 5.71, Democracy Index: 3.66
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 5.71, Rank: 143