Daniel Ona Ondo

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Daniel Ona Ondo
Prime Minister of Gabon
Assumed office
27 January 2014
President Ali Bongo Ondimba
Preceded by Raymond Ndong Sima
Personal details
Born (1945-07-10) 10 July 1945 (age 69)
Oyem, French Equatorial
(now Gabon)
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Picardie
Pantheon-Sorbonne University

Daniel Ona Ondo (born 10 July 1945[1]) is a Gabonese politician who has been Prime Minister of Gabon since January 2014. He previously served as Minister of Education and First Vice-President of the National Assembly. He is a member of the Gabonese Democratic Party (Parti démocratique gabonais, PDG).

Political career[edit]

Ona Ondo taught at the Omar Bongo University in Libreville and was appointed as an adviser to President Omar Bongo in 1990; he also became Rector of Omar Bongo University in 1990. He was elected to the National Assembly in the December 1996 parliamentary election, and he was then appointed to the government as Minister-Delegate under the Minister of Health and Population in 1997. Subsequently he was Minister of Culture, Arts, Popular Education, Youth, and Sports from 1999 to 2002 before being appointed as Minister of National Education on 27 January 2002.[2] In a partial parliamentary election held on 26 May 2002, he won the fourth seat from Woleu Department as a PDG candidate, receiving 65.62% of the vote.[3]

He was elected to the National Assembly in the December 2006 parliamentary election as the PDG candidate for the fourth seat in Woleu Department.[4] Following that election, he was elected as First Vice-President of the National Assembly on 26 January 2007.[5]

On 25 June 2009, following the death of President Bongo, Ona Ondo said on Radio France Internationale that he intended to seek the PDG's nomination as its candidate for the planned presidential election.[6] He was the first person to confirm that he intended to seek the nomination.[7] Although he said that he intended to only run if he won the PDG nomination, it was noted that he made the announcement publicly without adhering to party guidelines intended to ensure unity and discipline.[6]

Ona Ondo was re-elected as First Vice-President of the National Assembly on 27 February 2012.[8] Following local elections in December 2013, President Ali Bongo appointed Ona Ondo as Prime Minister on 24 January 2014, replacing Raymond Ndong Sima.[9] He took office on 27 January.[10]


  1. ^ "Qui est Daniel Ona Ondo ?", Gabonews, 24 January 2014 (French).
  2. ^ "Ona Ondo Daniel", Gabon: Les Hommes de Pouvoir, number 4, Africa Intelligence, 5 March 2002 (French).
  3. ^ "Partielles: Les résultats de la CNE", L'Union, 30 May 2002 (French).
  4. ^ List of deputies by constituency, National Assembly website (French).
  5. ^ "Gabon : le bureau de l'Assemblée nationale constitué", Gabonews, 27 January 2007 (French).
  6. ^ a b "Gabon : La candidature d'Ona Ondo sonne-t-elle le glas du PDG ?", GabonEco, 26 June 2009 (French).
  7. ^ "Gabon: Présidentielle anticipée - Daniel Ona Ondo premier candidat à la candidature du PDG", Gabonews, 25 June 2009 (French).
  8. ^ "Guy Nzouba reste au perchoir", GabonEco, 28 February 2012 (French).
  9. ^ "Gabon's president names new PM after local elections", Agence France-Presse, 24 January 2014 (French).
  10. ^ "Daniel Ona Ondo a pris ses fonction", Gabonews, 27 January 2014 (French).
Political offices
Preceded by
Raymond Ndong Sima
Prime Minister of Gabon