07/09/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The corrupt nepotist who ruled Gabon for 40 years

Omar Bongo was so successful at the art of holding on to power that by the end of his life there was no one left in his country with enough authority to pronounce him dead. It took more than 24 hours for the death of the 73-year-old president of Gabon to be confirmed, during which time there were no less than three official denials from the West African nation.

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