The US Department of State African Affairs Bureau, Attention: Ms. Lisa M. Korte, Desk Officer, Gabon
African Affairs Bureau,
Attention: Ms. Lisa M. Korte, Desk Officer, Gabon
Washington, DC 20525
Dear Ms. Korte:
As you know, the nation of Gabon has recently undergone a Presidential election in which the results have been disputed, and which has led to calls for a full, accurate recount of the votes and/or a new Presidential election in Gabon.
Please be advised that the non-profit organization Coalition for African Progress (CAP), headquarted in Raleigh, North Carolina, has been urged by many political and socio/economic groups and leaders in Gabon to urge your offices, the US Embassy, and the White House to urgently work to conduct a recount and/or a new election. We are in touch with many hundreds of Gabonese and American citizens, as well as those from other nations, who are deeply concerned about the future...near term and long term...of the economic and democratic practices of the new Gabonese governmental groups and officials.
Officials at the White House, who are concerned with such developments, have urged us to work through the proper channells at the US Department of State, including your offices and that of Secretary of State Hilton and other Desk officers of significance, to assist in this growing problem of election discontent and protest.
One specific example may be helpful:
a Mr. Andre Obame was one of the candidates in the last Presidential election in Gabon, and has been reliably informed by independent sources there that he actually won the majority of votes in the election, however, the incumbent Government in power did not accurately reflect the results that allowed Mr. Obame to become the rightful President under the majority of Gabonese votes that were for him. Instead, these sources tell us that the incumbent governing officials of Gabon were afraid to rule the election results against incumbent, acting President, Mr. Bongo.
As a volunteer consultant to CAP and other Gabonese officials, and those vitally interested in Gabonese political and economic affairs, I have been asked to call upon some of my acquaintances and professional/personal contacts in the US Government, particularly Mr. Rahm Emanuel and Secretary Hillary Clinton, as well as in the media, to secure US Government support for Mr. Obame's rightful election and/or for a new election, or recount. As you also know, that action could lead to some serious and unanticipated results. So, rather than deal with what can become a media blitz and considerable political uproar, I choose to seek your awareness and counsel on this problem. It is only fair to say that if we cannot obtain some awareness and support for CAP's efforts in a reasonable time frame, that we will have to seek White House intervention, which we do not choose to do at this time.
You may wish to contact me, William Robinson, immediately at this email address, or my home at 1204 Melton Court, Raleigh, NC 27615, phone 919-326-2455. You may also wish to contact directly the chief spokespersonsand CAP officials here in the USA, Mr. Guy Biwagou or Mr. Leon Obame to verify the situation in Gabon. Their phone and email numbers are:________________Thank you. William "Bill" Robinson