Gabonese celebrated the seventh anniversary of the country's only political party, the Democratic Party, on Wednesday (12 March).
GV President Bongo and motorcycle escorts arrive for ceremony
SV President Bongo stands in silence during national anthem (4 shots)
SV VIPs Men and women wearing dresses and shirts with portrait of President Bongo (2 shots)
LV ZOOM TO President Bongo seated
GV AND CU Band playing as it heads parade
SV Woman soldiers march past
GV Aircraft fly past (2 shots)
SV Troops march past as President Bongo stands on dais (2 shots)
SV Naval woman officers in parade
LV President Bongo watching parade
GV Policewomen in parade
SV PAN FROM Band to armoured cars in parade (3 shots)
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Background: Gabonese celebrated the seventh anniversary of the country's only political party, the Democratic Party, on Wednesday (12 March).
President Omar Bongo took the salute watched by thousands of spectators at a colourful parade lasting six hours in the capital of Libreville.
The President is the founder and Secretary-General of the Democratic Party. It was made the sole political party in 1968 by presidential decree.