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Gabon In Turmoil After The Victory Of Ali Bongo!


The situation is still tense in Gabon, following the riots in Libreville about the announcement of the victory of incumbent Ali Bongo Ondimba for president, contested by his rival Jean Ping.

More than 200 looters have been arrested since Wednesday in the Gabonese capital said Thursday AFP commander of the national police.

Looting in the neighborhoods

“We have arrested more than 200 looters since last night. They are on the premises of the police but also in police stations in the city. Looting now continue in the neighborhoods,” said AFP chief commander the national police, Jean-Thierry Zue Oye.

“Six policemen were injured,” he added. Among the civilians, “he most likely injured saw the violence with which they attacked us,” said Jean-Thierry Zue Oye. however he could not confirm if there were dead: “I can not tell you.”

Of AFP journalists reported two trucks filled with dozens of people were arrested, including women, conducted at the judicial police. They raised their fists in singing the national anthem “Concorde”.

At least two people killed

The official announcement Tuesday of the results of the presidential election in Gabon, with the re-election of outgoing President Ali Bongo Ondimba , provoked violent clashes in Libreville and Port-Gentil unrest in the economic capital, where violence had already scored the first election of Ali Bongo in 2009.


The opposition says at least two people were killed Thursday and several injured in the assault by security forces against the offices of the opponent Jean Ping. A volunteer of the Red Cross said Thursday AFP the death at the polyclinic Chambrier a fifteen wounded brought in the morning by the gendarmerie.

Ali Bongo, 57, beat his rival Jean Ping, 73, and former cacique of the regime of his late father Omar Bongo, a little less than 6,000 votes out of 627,805 registered, according to official results.

French citizens in Gabon called to stay home

Francois Hollande has called for the “appeasement” and demand “transparency” on the elections.

Paris expressed “(s) has deep concern” through the voice of Jean-Marc Ayrault. “As part of an electoral process, there is no place for violence,” said the Foreign Minister.

Jean-Marc Ayrault, decided Thursday to open a crisis cell to respond to the concerns of French citizens, whether resident in or passing through. This is reached at the following number: 01 43 17 55 95.

the Foreign Ministry has also asked the French nationals “to defer all travel plans Gabon and those who are there to observe the words of caution and stay at home.”



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