Léon Mébiame

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Léon Mébiame (born September 1, 1934[1][2]) was the Prime Minister of Gabon from 1975 to 1990.

A member of the Fang ethnic group,[2] Mébiame was born in Libreville.[1][2] Under French colonial rule, he became an inspector of federal police in 1956 and was posted in Chad from January 6, 1957 to March 1959.[1] A close associate of President Omar Bongo, he was Vice President of Gabon from 1968 to 1975, when the position was abolished; he was then appointed as Prime Minister and served from April 16, 1975 to May 3, 1990. Subsequently he joined the opposition in the early 1990s.[3][4]

He was appointed as President of the Libreville Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Mines on November 6, 2008.[5] He took office on December 4, 2008, succeeding Joachim Boussamba.[6]


  1. ^ a b c La politique africaine en 1969 (1970), Ediafric, page 134 (French).
  2. ^ a b c David E. Gardinier and Douglas A. Yates, Historical Dictionary of Gabon (2006), Third Edition, page 209.
  3. ^ "Convention républicaine ?", Africa Intelligence, 8 July 1993 (French).
  4. ^ David E. Gardinier, "Gabon: Limited Reform and Regime Survival", Political Reform in Francophone Africa (1997), ed. Clark and Gardinier, Westview Press, page 156.
  5. ^ "Nomination d'un nouveau président de la chambre de commerce", Infosplusgabon, November 7, 2008 (French).
  6. ^ "Gabon: Chambre de Commerce : Joachim Boussamba passe le flambeau à Léon Mébiame", Gabonews, December 4, 2008 (French).
Preceded by
Omar Bongo
Vice President of Gabon
Succeeded by
Position abolished