Jean Ping

Gabonese politician Jean Ping

Jean Ping is a Gabonese diplomat and politician who is currently the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union. He was previously the Foreign Minister of Gabon from 1999 to 2008 and served as President of the United Nations General Assembly from 2004 to 2005.
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Dear Donald Trump, this is what a rigged election looks like
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Voting doesn't mean much in Kazakhstan. Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters Nygmet Ibadildin, KIMEP University; James Chin, University of Tasmania; Joseph Tonda, Université Omar Bongo de Libreville , and Joy Langston, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas Throughout the 2016 campaign, Republican Party nominee Donald Trump has consistently claimed the US election will be rigged. Trump has said he will accept the outcome of the vote on November 8, if he wins. But he has not confirmed whether he will accept a Hillary Clinton victory as valid. Experts agree that it is almost impossible to rig a US election due to the complex, distributed electoral system, and the sheer number of people involved in overseeing it. But that's not the case everywhere. In many parts of the world, ballot boxes are routinely stuffed, opposition parties silenced and voters intimidated. The Conversation asked scholars from countries where electoral fraud has happened, from Kazakhstan to Mexi...
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Disputed Gabon poll may harm 'global citizen' Bongo
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Last week while Gabon was awaiting a court ruling on a disputed election result, a U.S. think-tank held a black tie dinner in Manhattan at which President Ali Bongo had been meant to receive a "Global Citizen Award". Facing a dispute at home over the poll with rival Jean Ping, Bongo declined the invite by the Atlantic Council to be lauded along with other award winners for "exceptional and distinctive contributions to strengthening the transatlantic relationship". Since he was unable to attend, Bongo will not now receive the award, the Atlantic Council said.
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Gabon opposition leader rejects ruling upholding Bongo poll win
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Edward McAllister and Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping on Saturday rejected what he said was an "unjust" ruling by the Constitutional Court which upheld the victory of President Ali Bongo in the Aug. 27 poll that he says was tarnished by fraud. The refusal by Ping, who says he won the presidential poll, to accept the court ruling raises the prospect of a potentially violent political crisis in the central African oil producer. The court had agreed to Ping's petition to re-examine results in Haut-Ogooue province, where Bongo was declared to have won 95 percent on a turnout of 99.9 percent.
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Gabon faces 'sustained instability' if no presidential vote recount: Ping
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Gerauds Wilfied Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - If there is no recount of votes in Gabon's presidential election, the country will face "profound and sustained instability", the man who lost by less than 6,000 votes said on Friday. Jean Ping has applied to the Constitutional Court to authorize a recount in a province where President Ali Bongo won 95 percent of the votes on a 99.9 percent turnout. "I strongly fear that a new false step by the Constitutional Court would be the cause of profound and sustained instability in Gabon," Ping told a news conference where he also called for an international inquiry into the killing of several of his supporters during post-election riots.
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Gabon opposition leader challenges vote as mediation mission postponed
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon's opposition leader lodged a constitutional court challenge on Thursday against a presidential election he narrowly lost, hoping to overturn a result whose validity has been questioned at home and abroad. Former foreign minister Jean Ping lost the Aug. 27 election to President Ali Bongo by fewer than 6,000 votes, an outcome that sparked days of riots in which at least six people were killed. Ping's spokesman said in a statement he would seek a recount in the province of Haut-Ogooue, a stronghold of the Bongo family, who have ruled the central African oil-producing nation of 1.8 million for nearly half a century.
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UPDATE 3-Gabon's Ping declares himself president after post-poll riots - over 1 year
* Former colonial power France says will not intervene (Recasts with Jean Ping declaring himself as president)
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Gabon residents, troops take to streets of capital after post-election riots
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Soldiers were deployed in the Gabonese capital Libreville on Friday as residents ventured back onto the streets, buying provisions and surveying damage after two days of riots sparked by a disputed presidential election. Clashes across the city led to three deaths and up to 1,100 arrests by Thursday afternoon, the interior minister said, as supporters of defeated challenger Jean Ping - who claimed the ballot was fixed - faced off against state security forces. Some shops in the city center were open on Friday but there was little traffic, and locals expressed concern that the violence - which former colonial power France and others in the West had condemned while calling for greater transparency over the election result - might return.
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Gabon opposition chief claims election victory
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Gabon's main opposition candidate Jean Ping has claimed victory in weekend presidential polls, but incumbent Ali Bongo's camp said the call was "dangerous and illegal" before official results. The official tally of votes will not be published until Tuesday and some voters voiced fears of a repeat of the violence seen after a disputed 2009 election. Bongo's spokesman however said the announcement was "dangerous", while his Interior Minister Pacome Moubelet Boubeya warned it was "illegal to declare results before the relevant authorities".
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Gabon's Bongo refuses pre-poll TV debate
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Gabon head of state Ali Bongo has rejected a call to go head-to-head in a TV debate with his main challenger, triggering a fierce row days ahead of the African country's presidential election. Seeking to end half a century of Bongo family rule, rival Jean Ping demanded a face-off rather than take part in a political show on public television, on the grounds its journalists were pro-Bongo. Bongo's camp accused Ping, a former top African Union official, of a hidden agenda, saying he is afraid of taking questions over allegations of corruption by his son.
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Makeup Artist & Cancer Survivor Jan Ping Shares Beauty Tips For Chemo Patients
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Cancer isn't generally considered a beautiful thing. But for Jan Ping, an Emmy-winning makeup artist, getting diagnosed with breast cancer helped her rethink beauty entirely. "When the thing that defines you goes away," Ping told us in an interview, "it's a challenge." For many women who fight cancer and undergo chemotherapy, that thing is hair. For Ping? "It was losing my lashes and my brows," she said. As a makeup artist who's worked for decades on dozens of TV and movie sets, Ping knows how important those details are for creating a gorgeous face. Luckily, Ping also knew that makeup can be incredibly empowering. Now, eight years after being diagnosed and enduring chemo, she is teaming up with the Chemotherapy: Myths or Facts campaign to raise awareness and arm patients and caregivers with information. As part of the campaign, Ping has traveled the country, teaching patients how to maintain their beauty regimens and offering lessons in makeup application. So what should a woma...
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South Africa's Dlamini-Zuma, first female AU chief
Fox News - over 5 years
A female leader has taken up the top leadership position at the African Union for the first time. South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday took charge of the African Union commission where she will be in charge of peace and security functions and keeping track of the political and economic affairs of the continent. Dlamini-Zuma was most recently South Africa's minister of home affairs, and also served as the country's minister of foreign affairs. Outgoing AU chair Jean Ping gave the gavel to Dlamini-Zuma during a ceremony at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ping had held the position since 2008. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, who attended the ceremony, wished Dlamini-Zuma good success, but warned that her tasks will be arduous.
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ADEKEYE ADEBAJO: Dlamini-Zuma's victory may turn out to be a pyrrhic one - Business Day
Google News - over 5 years
South African Broadcasting Corporation ADEKEYE ADEBAJO: Dlamini-Zuma's victory may turn out to be a pyrrhic one Business Day THE recent success of Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in becoming chairwoman of the African Union (AU) Commission was an unexpected but impressive victory. The absence from the AU summit of key supporters of her opponent, Gabon's Jean Ping ... Our ignorance, their bliss: iLIVETimes LIVE Zuma honours MK veteransSowetan Women must use their power - Dlamini-ZumaNews24 -Politicsweb -South African Broadcasting Corporation all 59 news articles »
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African Union: Controversial appointment
The Economist - over 5 years
She came, she waited, she won AFTER four rounds of voting, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa’s minister for home affairs, was elected on July 15th to run the commission of the African Union (AU), having eventually won the approval of 37 out of the AU’s 54 countries. The pan-African club will continue, as before, to be chaired ceremonially each year by a head of state, at present Yayi Boni of Benin, but for the next four years Ms Dlamini-Zuma will really run the show. South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), under President Jacob Zuma, her former husband, expressed delight.Ms Dlamini-Zuma is the first woman and the first southern African to hold the post. She is a polished performer on the international stage. And her appointment ends a lame-duck period after the organisation failed earlier this year to pick a successor to Jean Ping, a Gabonese former foreign minister of part-Chinese descent who has run the AU since 2008.An ANC stalwart, Ms Dlamini-Zum...
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Analysts: Serious Challenges Await First Woman AU Chair
Voice of America - over 5 years
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma made history Sunday by becoming the first female elected to lead the African Union Commission. The African Union's new chief replaces Gabonese incumbent Jean Ping, who led  the 54-member organization since 2008. The 63-year-old Dlamini-Zuma is the former wife of South African President Jacob Zuma and recently served as his home affairs minister.  “It’s extraordinary to have someone come to the helm of the African Union who’s been a medical doctor, but ...
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Congo, Rwanda Agree On International Force To Fight Rebels
Huffington Post - over 5 years
KINSHASA, Congo -- The leaders of Congo and Rwanda have agreed in principle to back a neutral international armed force to combat Congo's newest rebellion and other fighters terrorizing civilians in the country's mineral-rich east, and the African Union said it could help by sending soldiers. Congo state television said leaders of the two countries met Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – their first meeting since accusations backed by a U.N. report charge Rwanda helped create and arm the new M23 rebels. Rwanda denies the allegations. Joseph Kabila of Congo and Paul Kagame of Rwanda had met for 1 1/2 hours and then endorsed an agreement hammered out at a meeting Thursday of foreign ministers of the 11-nation International Conference of the Great Lakes Region attended also by the defense ministers of Congo and Rwanda. Among several clauses the agreement calls for a regional body, the Great Lakes conference, to work with the African Union and the United Nations "f...
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AU Seeks Regional Response to Conflicts
Voice of America - over 5 years
ADDIS ABABA — An African Union summit opened in Addis Ababa Sunday with calls for the AU to play a more active role in settling regional conflicts. The AU plans to support military interventions in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali. African Union Commission chairman Jean Ping opened the summit with a call for African solutions to African problems. “Indeed the solutions to African problems are found on the continent and nowhere else,” he said. “Coherent leadership is needed ...
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Mali crisis 'one of biggest challenges' for Africa
Yahoo News - over 5 years
Mali's crisis is one of the most serious challenges facing the continent, African Union Commission leader Jean Ping told a meeting of heads of state in Ethiopia on Saturday.
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Tension rises as election for AU top post nears - Business Day
Google News - over 5 years
South African Broadcasting Corporation Tension rises as election for AU top post nears Business Day TENSION is ratcheting up as the election of the African Union Commission chairperson draws closer, with incumbent chairman Jean Ping criticised by southern African countries for a statement he issued accusing the South African media of trying to ... Stage set for AU commission chair contestSouth African Broadcasting Corporation The SADC has a strong case for AU ChairpersonshipNews24 All eyes on Addis Ababa meetingMail & Guardian Online South -Independent Online -Times LIVE all 45 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jean Ping
  • 2016
    Age 73
    He stood against President Bongo as an opposition candidate in the 2016 presidential election.
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  • 2014
    Age 71
    Ping participated in a protest against President Ali Bongo Ondimba on 20 December 2014, and he was affected by tear gas fired by police trying to break up the protest.
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    He resigned from the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party in February 2014.
  • 2012
    Age 69
    Ping left his post at the AU after failing to win re-election in 2012.
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  • 2008
    Age 65
    Ping officially succeeded Konaré as Chairman of the Commission on 28 April 2008.
    Ping was elected as chairman of the Commission at an AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 1 February 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 64
    On 7 December 2007, Gabon's Ambassador to Cameroon, Michel Mandougoua, announced that Ping would seek to succeed Alpha Oumar Konaré as chairman of the Commission of the African Union in early 2008.
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    In the government named on 25 January 2007, Ping, previously a minister of state, was promoted to the rank of deputy prime minister while remaining in charge of foreign affairs.
  • 2004
    Age 61
    Ping was one of President Omar Bongo's closest and longest-serving ministers and was considered one of the most powerful figures in Gabon. Ping was one of the key figures who helped arrange the visit to Gabon in 2004 of Chinese President Hu Jintao, who used the capital Libreville as the platform for making a landmark speech promising a new era of engagement with Africa, "without political strings."
    He was chosen to be President of the fifty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2004.
  • 1999
    Age 56
    Two years later, he was promoted to the position of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, La Francophonie, and Regional Integration on 25 January 1999.
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    He was previously the Foreign Minister of Gabon from 1999 to 2008 and served as President of the United Nations General Assembly from 2004 to 2005.
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  • 1996
    Age 53
    He was elected to the National Assembly from Omboué in the December 1996 parliamentary election, the December 2001 parliamentary election, and the December 2006 parliamentary election.
  • 1994
    Age 51
    He was then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, and La Francophonie from 25 March 1994 to 29 October 1994, then Minister Delegate to the Minister of Finance, the Economy, the Budget, and Privatisation from 30 October 1994 until he was appointed as Minister of Planning, the Environment and Tourism on 28 January 1997.
  • 1991
    Age 48
    He remained in the latter position until June 1991, then served as Minister of Mines, Energy, and Hydraulic Resources for a second time from 28 August 1992 to 24 March 1994.
  • 1990
    Age 47
    He served in that position for two months before becoming Minister of Mines, Energy, and Hydraulic Resources on 29 April 1990.
    On 26 February 1990, Ping became Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications, Tourism and Recreation, and Reform of the Parastatal Sector, in charge of relations with Parliament, as well as Government Spokesman.
  • 1987
    Age 44
    In 1987, Ping had an opportunity to visit his ancestral village of Wenzhou.
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  • 1984
    Age 41
    He became Director of the Civil Cabinet of the President of Gabon, Omar Bongo, in 1984, serving in that position until 1990.
  • 1978
    Age 35
    In 1978, he became advisor to the Gabonese embassy in France, and he subsequently became Gabon's Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, in which position he served until 1984.
  • 1972
    Age 29
    In 1972, he began working at UNESCO in its Sector for External Relations and Cooperation as an international civil servant.
  • 1942
    Born on November 24, 1942.
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