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Photos: This Is Africa - Salient facts about the Gabonese Republic

African countries have their peculiar challenges like all countries the world over. Amid these challenges are particular characteristics of countries on the continent. ‘This Is Africa (TIA)’ is an Africanews initiative aimed at sharing information about African countries and helping our audiences better discover the continent – in a small but significant way. For the next twenty weeks, we shall be sharing salient information about an African country such as their currency, political leader, population, date of independence etc. [Photos / Information] Ten of Africa’s long-serving political leaders Country of the Week: Gabonese Republic 1 – National capital / official languages = Libreville / French 2 – Currency in circulation = ‎ Central African CFA franc 3 – Current political leader = Ali Bongo Ondimba 4 – Population estimate = 1,772,255 (July 2017 est.) 5 – Date of independence = August 17, 1960 6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+241), internet (.ga) Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon _ Central African CFA franc_ Libreville, Capital city Flag of the country Country of the Week: Arab Republic of Egypt 1 – National capital / official languages = Cairo / Arabic 2 – Currency in circulation = ‎ Egyptian pound 3 – Current political leader = Abdel Fattah el-Sisi 4 – Population estimate = 97,041,072 (July 2017 est.) 5 – Date of independence = February 28, 1922 6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+20), internet (.eg) Profile of the country Abdel Fattah el-Sisi Capital City, Cairo Egyptian pound Great Sphinx of Giza Flag of the country Country of the Week: The Gambia 1 – National capital / official languages = Banjul / English 2 – Currency in circulation = ‎ Gambian dalasi 3 – Current political leader = Adama Barrow 4 – Population estimate = 2,051,363 (July 2017 est.) 5 – Date of independence = February 18, 1965 6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+220), internet (.gm) Profile of the country Adama Barrow, President of the Country 200 feet high Arch 22 in the capital city of Banjul Flag of the country Gambian dalasi Banjul’s Royal Albert Market Country of the Week: The Republic of the Congo 1 – National capital / official languages = Brazzaville / French 2 – Currency in circulation = ‎ Central African CFA franc 3 – Current political leader = Denis Sassou Nguesso 4 – Population estimate = 5 092 million (2017 est.) 5 – Date of independence = Aug. 15, 1960 6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+242), internet (.cg) Profile of the country Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Country An art gallery in the poto-poto school of painting Flag of the country Central African CFA franc Country of the Week: Federal Republic of Somalia 1 – National capital / official languages = Mogadishu / Somali, Arabic 2 – Currency in circulation = ‎ Somali shilling 3 – Current political leader = Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed 4 – Population estimate = 14.74 million (2017 est.) 5 – Date of independence = July 1, 1960 6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+252), internet (.so) Profile of the country Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of the Country Somali shilling Independence Monument Flag of the country Country of the Week: Republic of Madagascar 1 – National capital / official languages = Antananarivo / Malagasy and French 2 – Currency in circulation = ‎ Malagasy ariary 3 – Current political leader = H.E. Mr. Rivo Rakotovao (Interim president) 4 – Population estimate = 24.89 million (2016 est.) 5 – Date of independence = 26 June 1960 6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+261), internet (.mg) _ Profile of the country_ _ H.E. Mr. Rivo Rakotovao, interim president of the country_ _Tsingy de Bemaraha, an impressive greystone plateau of razor-sharp spikes located northwest Madagascar _ Malagasy ariary, country currency Flag of the country Baobab Avenue located around western Madagascar Country of the Week: Liberia 1 – National capital / official languages = Monrovia / English 2 – Currency in circulation = ‎ Liberian dollar 3 – Current political leader = George Weah 4 – Population estimate = 4,689,021 (July 2017 est.) 5 – Date of independence = July 26, 1847 6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+231), internet (.lr ) Country Profile George Weah, Liberian President Liberian dollar Flag of the country Down Town Monrovia Country of the Week: The Kingdom of Morocco 1 – National capital / official languages = Rabat / Arabic 2 – Currency in circulation = ‎ Moroccan dirham 3 – Current political leader = Mohammed VI (King of Morocco) 4 – Population estimate = 33,986,655 (July 2017 est.) 5 – Date of independence = April 7, 1956 6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+212), internet (.ma) Profile of the country Mohammed VI, King of Morocco Moroccan dirham Moroccan flag Mausoleum of Mohammed V in Rabat Country of the Week: The State of Eritrea 1 – National capital / official languages = Asmara / Tigrigna, Arabic, English 2 – Currency in circulation = ‎Eritrean nakfa 3 – Current political leader = Isaias Afwerki 4 – Population estimate = 5,918,919 (July 2017 est.) 5 – Date of independence = May 24, 1993 6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+291), internet (.er) Eritrea country profile Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea Eritrean Flag The great Asamara Mosque Eritrean nakfa Country of the Week: Equatorial Guinea 1 – National capital / official languages = Malabo / Spanish, French, Portuguese 2 – Currency in circulation = ‎Central African CFA franc‎ (‎XAF‎) 3 – Current political leader = Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo 4 – Population estimate = 1,267,689 (2017 est.) 5 – Date of independence = 12 October, 1968 6 – Country codes: telephone ‎(+240), internet (.gq) Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea The Freedom Tower found in the city of Beta Central African CFA franc‎ (‎XAF‎) Flag of the country Brief profile of the country Country of the Week: Libya 1 – National capital / official languages = Tripoli/ Arabic 2 – Currency in circulation = Libyan dinar 3 – Current political leader = Fayez al-Sarraj (United Nations-backed Prime Minister) 4 – Population estimate = 6.2 million (2016) 5 – Date of independence = 24 December 1951 6 – Country codes: telephone (+218), internet (.ly) Fayez al-Sarraj, Head of the Libyan Government of National Accord Tripoli, capital city Libyan Dinar _ Flag of the Country_ Country of the Week: The Republic of Mozambique / República de Moçambique (Portuguese) 1 – National capital / official languages = Maputo / Portuguese 2 – Currency in circulation = Mozambican metical 3 – Current political leader = Filipe Nyusi 4 – Population estimate = 26,573,706 (July 2017) 5 – Date of independence = June 25, 1975 from Portugal 6 – Country codes: internet (.mz), telephone (+258) Mozambque President, Filipe Nyusi Mozambican metical Capital city of Maputo Flag of the country Country of the Week: Republic of Benin / République du Bénin 1 – National capital / official languages = Porto-Novo / French 2 – Currency in circulation = West African CFA franc, XOF 3 – Current political leader = President Patrice Talon 4 – Population estimate = About 11,520,000 (2018) 5 – Date of independence = 1 August 1960 6 – Country codes: internet (.bj), telephone (+229) President Patrice Talon. Flag of the country. The West Africa CFA (XOF), currency used by most French countries in the region. A general view shows the Tokpa district in Cotonou, Benin’s largest city and economic center. Country of the Week: Republic of Kenya 1 – Capital / official languages = Nairobi / English, Swahili 2 – Currency = Kenyan Shillings (KES) 3 – Current president / PM = President Uhuru Kenyatta 4 – Population estimate = Over 49 million (2017) 5 – Independence Day = December 12, 1963 from Britain 6 – Country codes: internet (.ke), telephone (+254) The Kenyan flag Kenyan Shillings Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta Aerial photo of Kenyan capital, Nairobi

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