Gabriel Bokilo

Gabriel BOKILO
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Regional prefect of Nkeni
In office
Nominated byAlphonse Massamba-Débat
Deputy Mayor Brazzaville
In office
Counselor of Minister of Justice, and the Civil Service
In office
Branch Manager Societe Generale
In office
about 1971 – 1973
National director Bank of Central African States
In office
Nominated byMarien Ngouabi
Alternate Governor World Bank International Monetary Fund
In office
Minister of Trade , Consumption, small and medium enterprises
In office
PresidentPascal Lissouba
Prime MinisterClaude Antoine Dacosta
Deputy of Mossaka Parliament of Republic of the Congo
In office
PresidentDenis Sassou Nguesso
President of Economy and Finance Commission Parliament of Republic of the Congo
In office
Personal details
Born (1938-07-20) 20 July 1938 (age 81)
Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa
(now Congo-Brazzaville)
Died26 March 2010(2010-03-26) (aged 71)
Paris, France
Political partyUnion for National Redress
ChildrenJean-Emmanuel , Patrick, Thierry , Francis, Maixent, Fabrice, Mbanga, Henri , Gabrielle
ProfessionBanker, Congolese politician

Gabriel Bokilo (20 July 1938 – 26 March 2010[1]) was a Congolese politician and the President of the Union for National Redress (URN).

Administrative career

Bokilo studied in France and earned a doctorate. He became Prefect of Nkéni in 1963 and then Secretary-General of the Brazzaville city government in 1964; later, he became Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Justice, Labour, and the Civil Service in 1967. He then briefly headed the Congolese branch of Société Générale[2] and was subsequently the National Director of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) in Congo-Brazzaville from 1973 to 1993;[2][3] he was also Alternate Governor at the World Bank from 1973 to 1974 and Alternate Governor at the International Monetary Fund from 1975 to 1993.[2]

Political career

Following the introduction of multiparty politics, Bokilo became President of the URN, a political party. In the June–July 1992 parliamentary election, he was elected to the National Assembly as the URN candidate in the Mossaka constituency of Cuvette Region.[3] He was also the URN candidate for the August 1992 presidential election, but he attracted little support, receiving 0.29% of the vote and placing 13th.[4] Bokilo, who was a member of the opposition coalition,[5] then served as Minister of Trade, Consumption, and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises[2] in the power-sharing government of Prime Minister Claude Antoine Dacosta from 1992 to 1993.[3][5] He left his post as BEAC National Director following his appointment to the government.[2]

Later, following the 1997 civil war, Bokilo was a member of the National Transitional Council (CNT), which acted as the provisional parliament from 1998 to 2002, and during that time he was President of the CNT's Economic Commission.[2][3] He was a candidate for the position of Director-General of Air Afrique in April 1999.[2]

In the 2002 parliamentary election, he was again elected to the National Assembly as the URN candidate[3][6] in Mossaka 1 constituency; he won the seat in the first round with 53.45% of the vote.[6] After the election, he was chosen as President of the National Assembly's Economy and Finance Commission on 24 August 2002.[7]

The URN initially signed an agreement to merge into the New Democratic Forces (FDN) on 27 March 2007. At the new party's constitutive congress, which began on 19 April 2007,[8] Bokilo was not chosen as President of the FDN;[9] he then announced that he was withdrawing the URN from the FDN[8][9] on 20 April, saying that "fundamental differences have emerged" and he had "decided on behalf of the party to denounce the agreement".[8] In the 2007 parliamentary election, Bokilo stood again as the URN candidate in Mossaka 1 constituency. In the first round, he placed second behind Léon-Raphaël Mokoko, an independent candidate, receiving 21.21% of the vote against 46.01% for Mokoko.[10] He was then defeated by Mokoko in the second round.[11]

Beginning in 2007, Bokilo's health declined and he frequently visited Paris for medical treatment. He was hospitalized in Paris on 18 March 2010 and died of colon cancer on 26 March.[1]


  1. ^ a b Tiras Andang and Ange Aristide Mboussa, "Gabriel Bokilo n'est plus", Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, 27 March 2010 (in French).
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Assou Massou, "Cinq candidats en lice",, 13 April 1999 (in French).
  3. ^ a b c d e "Who's Who", Congo Brazzaville: Les Hommes de Pouvoir n°1, Africa Intelligence, 29 October 2002 (in French).
  4. ^ Mubuma Guma-Kanh'a Sheri, Partis et familles de partis au Congo-Brazzaville (2006), page 265 (in French).
  5. ^ a b Frederic Fritscher, "Congo : au lendemain du second tour des élections législatives Quatre personnes ont été tuées dans des fusillades à Brazzaville", Le Monde, 9 June 1993 (in French).
  6. ^ a b "Elections législatives : les 51 élus du premier tour" Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, 5 June 2002 (in French).
  7. ^ "Assemblée nationale : mise en place des bureaux des commissions permanentes et clôture de la session inaugurale" Archived 2012-03-11 at the Wayback Machine, Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, 24 August 2002 (in French).
  8. ^ a b c Roger Ngombé, "Les Forces démocratiques nouvelles se donnent deux ans de transition" Archived February 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, 23 April 2007 (in French).
  9. ^ a b "Tension about Congo election plans", AFP (IOL), 22 April 2007.
  10. ^ Ya Sanza, "Législatives : La liste des duels du second tour",, 3 July 2007 (in French).
  11. ^ "La liste complète des députés" Archived February 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, 11 August 2007 (in French).

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