Thursday, September 1, 2016

Gabon2016 Elections: Jean Ping’s Supporters Protest Bongo’s Win

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Jean Ping‘s supporters, have clashed with security forces in the capital Libreville, after incumbent President Ali Bongo was named the winner of a closely fought presidential election.
Gabon’s opposition leader’s supporters reacted just moments after the poll results were announced by the interior ministry on Wednesday, anti-government protesters shouting “Ali must go!” and tried to storm the offices of the election commission, according to AFP news agency. Security forces used tear gas and stun grenades to push several hundred protesters back.Bongo won 49.80 percent of Saturday’s vote, against 48.23 percent for Ping, a narrow margin of only 5,594 votes of a total 627,805 registered voters, according to officials results announced by the interior ministry. Election commission members belonging to the opposition immediately denounced the result, with one commissioner for Ping’s party, Paul Marie Gondjout, saying the vote had been “stolen”.

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