Gabon President dismisses his Vice President and Minster

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President of Gabon, Ali Bongo dismissed his vice president and the minister of forests on Tuesday, in a move that comes amid a scandal over the smuggling of precious timber.

The was no reason for the sackings of Vice President Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou and Forestry and Environment Minister Guy Bertrand Mapangou, in his statement late Tuesday.

According to reports, there have been calls by the members of the public seeking the resignation of  Mapangou, in the aftermath of the theft of hundreds of seized containers of kevazingo, a rare wood considered sacred.

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