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Gabon is a West African nation rich in mineral resources.

Gabon, officially known as the Gabonese Republic is bordered by Equitorial Guinea, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo and the Atlantic Ocean. The country has a rich history and a diverse population. The land was inhabited by various Bantu-speaking tribes for centuries. In the 15th century, Portuguese explorers arrived, followed by French colonial rule in the 19th century. Gabon gained independence in 1960 and has remained so under the leadership of the Bongo family, with Oumar Bongo ruling for over forty years until his death in 2009.

Demographically, Gabon is home to a population of approximately 2.2million people. The country has a diverse thnic makeup, with the major groups being Fang, Bapounou, Eshira and Bandjabi. French is the official language and about 80% of the population practices Christianity while a significant minority follows indigenous beliefs.

Despite the challenges associated with democratic transitions, Gabon has enjoyed a relatively peaceful political environment. 

In terms of security, Gabon is relatively peaceful and has not faced significant internal conflicts. However, like many countries in the region, their peace is threatened by transnational crime and terrorism. As, a member of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the African Union (AU), The government has been actively involved in peacekeeping missions and other regional initiatives to combat various security threats. 

Regarding terrorism, Gabon has not experienced major terrorist attacks. However, it remains vigilant and has implemented measures to prevent the spread of extremist ideologies within its borders. The government is currently focused on strengthening its intelligence capabilities, border control and law enforcement to counter potential threats. 

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