The ruling party Gabon Democratic Party (PDG) has announced sanctions against more than twenty of its senators and deputies for abstaining or not voting to decriminalize homosexuality in the country. This measure was approved in July because it violated party discipline law.
The sanctions, which affected a total of 25 party members, were announced by the president of the PDG Disciplinary Commission, Cyriaque Mvourandjiami, according to the Gabonese state news agency AGP.
23 people were sanctioned for voting against this bill, while two others were sanctioned for other cases. Affected include former Prime Minister Julien Nkoghe Bekale and PDG Group Presidents in both Parliament buildings, Martin Mabala and Raphael Mangouala.
Foreign Minister Pacôme Moubelet Boubeya and David Ella Mintsa, one of the formation’s spokesmen, were also sanctioned.