Renovation Day in Gabon Date in the current year: March 12, 2016

Renovation Day in Gabon Renovation Day is annually observed in Gabon on March 12. This holiday was established to honor the foundation anniversary of the Gabonese Democratic Party in 1968.

The Gabonese Republic is a former French colony. It gained independence from France on August 17, 1960 and became a member of the United Nations. Léon M'ba became the first president of Gabon.

The Gabonese Democratic Party was created on March 12, 1968 headed by Albert-Bernard Bongo. A single-party regime was installed in the country till 1990, when Bongo faced with public pressure to introduce a multi-party political system in Gabon.

However, the Gabonese Democratic Party is still the dominant and ruling party in the country. The day of its foundation, Renovation Day, is a public holiday in Gabon. The government officials deliver speeches to praise contributions made by the Gabonese Democratic Party to the development of the country. They are followed by a day-long cultural activities, that include traditional dance and music performances.

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