Gabon opposition leader challenges election result in court

Gabon: Former colonial power France has urged a recount and the European Union has said it found anomalies in the results from Haut-Ogooue.

By: Reuters | Libreville | Published: September 9, 2016 1:23:03 am
Gabon, Bongo, president, Ali bongo, EU, Jean Ping, Haut-Ogooue, vote recount, Bongo refusal, election, disputed, international pressure, world news, indian express Gabon:  Jean Ping lost the August 27 election to President Ali Bongo by fewer than 6,000 votes, a result that sparked days of riots in which at least six people were killed. (Source: AP/File Photo)

Gabon’s opposition leader lodged a challenge to the presidential election result at the constitutional court on Thursday, hoping to overturn his defeat in a vote whose validity has been questioned at home and abroad.

Jean Ping lost the August 27 election to President Ali Bongo by fewer than 6,000 votes, a result that sparked days of riots in which at least six people were killed.

“Ping’s demand is for a recount of the votes in the province of Haut-Ogooue, voting bureau by voting bureau,” Ping’s spokesman, Jean Gaspard Ntoutoume Ayi, told a news conference.

Haut-Ogooue province is a stronghold of Bongo, whose family has ruled the oil-producing nation for nearly a half century.

Former colonial power France has urged a recount and the European Union has said it found anomalies in the results from Haut-Ogooue.

Official results from Haut-Ogooue showed a participation rate more than double that of other regions and with 95.46 percent of voters backing Bongo.

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