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World - Clashes as Gabon`s Bongo narrowly wins re-election

Gabon`s president Ali Bongo was declared winner Thursday of contested weekend elections, extending half-a-century of rule by the Bongo family which sparked clashes in the Central African nation. Protesters shouting `Ali must go!` tried to storm the offices of the election commission shortly after authorities announced his re-election by a narrow majority. Bongo won 49.80 of the vote against 48.23 percent for his rival Jean Ping, or a razor-thin 5,594 votes of a total 627,805 registered voters, Interior Minister Pacome Moubelet-Boubeya.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  17:23


World - Gabon parliament set ablaze after Bongo declared winner

Angry protesters torched Gabon`s parliament Wednesday after President Ali Bongo was declared winner of what he claimed was a `peaceful and transparent` election, but which the opposition said was fraudulent. It only took a few minutes for the announcement to sink in before several of Libreville`s poorer neighbourhoods erupted in anger, with thousands of people taking to the streets to express their fury. According to official results made public shortly after 1500 GMT, Bongo won Saturday`s presidential poll by just 5,594 votes, taking 49.80 percent to 48.23 percent for his rival Jean Ping, a veteran diplomat and former top African Union official.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  21:44


World - Gabon`s President Bongo re-elected, parliament set on fire

By Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Demonstrators in Gabon clashed with police and set part of the parliament building on fire on Wednesday amid anger among opposition supporters over President Ali Bongo`s re-election in polls that his main rival, Jean Ping, claimed to have won. Opposition members of the Central African oil producer`s electoral commission rejected Saturday`s first-past-the-post election result, which would see the Bongo family`s nearly half-century in power extended another seven years. France, the United States, and the European Union all urged calm on Wednesday and called upon Gabonese authorities to release the results of individual polling stations for greater transparency.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  21:28


Africa - Gabon election: Parliament set alight amid street clashes

Supporters of Gabon opposition candidate Jean Ping set the national assembly on fire after President Ali Bongo was declared winner of Saturday`s election.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  21:16


World - Demonstrators set Gabon parliament on fire: witnesses

Libreville (AFP) - Gabon`s national assembly was set ablaze Wednesday evening by angry protestors who took to the streets after an announcement that President Ali Bongo had been re-elected, witnesses said.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  19:57


Africa - Gabon`s President, Ali Bongo Ondimba, Is Re-Elected in Disputed Result

The Central African nation was bracing for violence after Mr. Bongo won an election that supporters of his opponent, Jean Ping, claimed was fraudulent.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  19:07


World - Gabon President Bongo re-elected with 49.80 percent: validated final results

Gabon`s President Ali Bongo has won re-election with 49.80 percent of ballots cast in a weekend poll, according to final results validated by the electoral commission and provided to Reuters by a commissioner on Wednesday. Bongo`s chief rival Jean Ping, who has already declared that he won the polls, received 48.23 percent of the vote. Elections commission members belonging to the opposition denounced the vote, which one commissioner for Ping`s party, Paul Marie Gondjout, said was `stolen`.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  15:43


World - Bongo victory approved by Gabon election commission: members

Libreville (AFP) - Gabon`s election commission (Cenap) on Wednesday approved President Ali Bongo`s re-election over challenger Jean Ping, several members said.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  15:18


World - Gabon poll count favors Bongo, opponent cries fraud

By Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - A count by Gabon`s electoral commission on Wednesday suggested incumbent Ali Bongo had narrowly beaten challenger Jean Ping in a presidential election that Ping`s camp denounced as fraudulent and said the Gabonese will not accept. A senior source in the commission and a member of the body allied to Ping`s camp confirmed the commission numbers gave Bongo a 49.85 percent share of the vote to Ping`s 48.16 percent. The electoral commission was scheduled to release the results of Saturday`s poll on Tuesday evening, but by 11.15 a.m. (06:15 a.m. EDT) the following day, the panel was still in a closed-door meeting.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  13:18


World - Gabon electoral commission count shows Bongo winner: sources

A Gabon electoral commission count on Wednesday put Gabon president Ali Bongo as winner with 49.85 percent of the vote compared with rival Jean Ping`s 48.16 percent, two sources inside the commission and a spokeswoman for Ping said on Wednesday. The European Union, meanwhile, in a statement on Wednesday called for Gabon to publish `detailed results` for every polling station and urged all actors to help keep the peace.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016  12:35

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