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‘I haven’t used violence’: Gabon leader Bongo

Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Gabon’s President Ali Bongo said Friday that he had not used or encouraged the violence which erupted in his country after he won re-election last month by a wafer-thin margin. “I have not employed or triggered the violence,” Bongo said in an interview with AFP, …

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Gabon’s Ping goes to court over poll defeat

Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping on Thursday appealed to the country’s highest court Thursday in an attempt to have a wafer-thin presidential election loss overturned. Ping insists he was the winner of the August 27 presidential election — which gave incumbent Ali Bongo a narrow …

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Tension as EU observers report ‘anomaly’ in Gabon vote

Libreville, Gabon | AFP |  Pressure mounted on President Ali Bongo of Gabon on Tuesday over a disputed election win after EU observers reported a “clear anomaly” in the vote and former colonial power France and his ex-justice minister urged a recount. Bongo claimed victory in the August 27 poll …

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Drama as Africa Cup finals line-up completed

List of qualifiers for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon: Tunisia (Group A winners) Democratic Republic of Congo (Group B winners) Mali (Group C winners) Burkina Faso (Group D winners) Guinea-Bissau (Group E winners) Morocco (Group F winners) Egypt (Group G winners) Ghana (Group H winners) Ivory Coast …

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“I am the president” says Gabon’s Ping

Libreville, Gabon | AFP |   Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping on Friday declared himself the rightful president and called for a vote recount, days after incumbent Ali Bongo was declared the winner of a weekend election which has sparked deadly violence. “I am the president,” Ping told a press …

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Gabon’s Bongo stands firm after riots greet his re-election

Libreville, Gabon | AFP | President Ali Bongo of Gabon poured scorn Thursday on opposition supporters who rioted overnight after he was declared the winner of a weekend election his main rival said was rigged. Three people were killed in the unrest and around 1,000 arrested, the interior minister said. …

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Gabon Cup of Nations to go ahead despite riots – CAF

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | The African Cup of Nations continental football finals will go ahead as scheduled in Gabon despite the wave of riots following president Ali Bongo’s re-election, African football authorities confirmed on Thursday. “There will be no change, we are following proceedings closely,” African football confederation media …

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EU calls for calm as Gabon descends into ‘deep crisis’

Brussels, Belgium | AFP |  EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called for all sides in Gabon to reject violence as the country descends into chaos following presidential elections. “The official announcement of results has plunged Gabon into a deep crisis,” Mogherini said in a statement. “It is important for …

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Republican Guard storms Gabon opposition headquarters

 Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Gabon security forces were attempting to storm the opposition headquarters early Thursday, leaving several people injured, party leaders said, hours after President Ali Bongo claimed victory in contested polls. “They attacked around 1:00 am (0000 GMT). It is the republican guard. They were bombarding with …

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