Chaos in Gabon as Ali Bongo is re-elected

01 Sep 2016 | by
Chaos in Gabon as Ali Bongo is re-elected

Clashes have broken out in the capital of Gabon, Libreville, where President Ali Bongo won re-election earlier Wednesday in a vote that critics say was fraudulent.

Protesters are reported to have set the National Assembly building on fire, chanting "Ali must go!"

The Guardian newspaper reported that three people were "apparently shot dead by security forces." The government has not confirmed any deaths.

Police are stationed at crossroads around the city.

VOA's Idrissa Fall, who is at the election commission headquarters, reports that some members of the electoral commission resigned Wednesday.

Bongo's main opponent, Jean Ping, has said his campaign has evidence the election was rigged and plans to present it to Gabon's constitutional court.

The official results, set to be formally announced, show Bongo winning 49.8 percent of the votes, with Ping at 48.2 percent.

At issue are the results from one province where the tallies show nearly 100 percent voter turnout, with Bongo receiving 95 percent of the votes.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for Gabon to remain peaceful in the aftermath of the hotly contested poll. Both candidates declared victory after Saturday's vote, and each side accused the other of fraud during the vote count.

Gabon does not have a run-off system, so the candidate with the most votes in the 10-candidate field wins the election.

Ping was running to end a near half-century of Bongo family rule. Ali Bongo succeeded his father, Omar Bongo, who died in 2009 after 42 years in office

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