Gabon security forces storm opposition HQ after disputed election

LIBREVILLE - Gabonese security forces have stormed the headquarters of the defeated presidential candidate, Jean Ping, after they accused "armed criminals" of torching the parliament.

Mr Ping said two people had been killed as live shots were fired.

His supporters had been staging protests after official results gave President Ali Bongo a narrow victory in Saturday's presidential election.

They accused the government of stealing the election.

The election result, announced on Wednesday afternoon, gave Mr Bongo a second seven-year term with 49.8% of the vote to Mr Ping's 48.2% - a margin of 5,594 votes.

Mr Ping's camp has said figures from the president's stronghold showed a 99% turnout.

He said the election was fraudulent and "everybody knows" he won.

Mr Ping denounced the raid which happened while he away from the building.

"They attacked around 01:00 (00:00 GMT). It is the republican guard," he said. "They were bombarding with helicopters and then they attacked on the ground."

Mr Ping has called for international assistance to protect the population and has called for voting figures from each polling station to made public.

The US and EU have also called for the results to be made public while UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged calm.

Comments (3)

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has left the AU maybe they will find you a vacancy there Ping. 49.8% of the vote and he gets to be president for 7yrs? That is some broken politics right there.

Galore - 1 September 2016

Chaos everywhere on the continent

Pinga - 1 September 2016

The african despot leaders, can play their tricks all they want, but their demise are spectacular. At some point african continent will be taken into real democracy by a new generation.

X-MAN IV - 1 September 2016

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