The elections were initially scheduled to take place before July 31, 2017.
This new postponement leads de facto to the extension of the mandate of the Gabonese MPs, elected for a five-year term, which ended in December 2016.
Gabon’s Constitutional Court justifies this decision by the difficulty of “reconciling the necessary time required by the competent authorities to bring about the electoral reforms process agreed upon in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by stakeholders during the political dialogue with the observance of the deadline set by the Constitutional Court for the organization of the elections.”
The Gabonese National Assembly is largely dominated by the Gabonese Democratic Party (ruling PDG). The opposition had boycotted the previous ballot.