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Gabon opposition chief slams election court ruling

Libreville - Opposition leader Jean Ping on Saturday lashed a decision by Gabon's top court to validate President Ali Bongo's re-election, as police and troops patrolled the deserted streets of Libreville to prevent a new flareup of violence.

Gabon's Ali Bongo: Dynastic scion in his father's shadow

Libreville - Ali Bongo, whose re-election victory was upheld by Gabon's constitutional court Saturday, has long sought to emerge from the shadow of his father, Omar Bongo, who ruled the country for 41 years until his death in 2009.

Heavy security in tense Gabon after Bongo re-election validated

Libreville - Libreville's nearly empty streets were under the watch of a heavy police and military presence on Saturday after Gabon's top court upheld President Ali Bongo's re-election in bitterly disputed polls.

Gabon on a knife-edge as court mulls vote outcome

Libreville - The streets of Libreville were empty late Friday, with residents fearing a new bout of bloodshed as the Constitutional Court prepared to rule on who will be Gabon's next president following bitterly-fought elections.

Gabon rivals reach tenuous deal on poll recount

Libreville - Lawyers for President Ali Bongo and opposition leader Jean Ping told AFP on Tuesday said they have agreed to a poll recount for August's contested presidential vote, though the methodology remains in dispute.

Search for Gabon's missing goes on, two weeks after poll violence

Libreville - More than two weeks after the start of violence prompted by a contested presidential election in Gabon, the search for missing loved ones continues, sometimes with grisly results.

Gabon under internet blackout as it awaits key poll ruling

Libreville - An internet curfew and social media blackout has sparked outrage and wreaked havoc on businesses in oil-rich Gabon, as citizens keenly await a pivotal ruling challenging President Ali Bongo's contested re-election.

Gabon post-election turmoil escalates with court bid for recount

Libreville - Gabon's Jean Ping took his bid to have a wafer-thin presidential election loss overturned to the country's top court, as President Ali Bongo blamed the opposition leader for creating a climate of violence.

Ping appeals to Gabon court over poll defeat

Libreville - 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.

Defiant Gabon president hits back at EU poll criticism

Libreville - Gabon's Ali Bongo on Wednesday rejected criticism of his disputed presidential election victory, accusing EU observers of bias towards his rival and insisting that only the country's top court could order a recount.

EU observers report 'anomaly' in Gabon vote

Libreville - 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.

Media crackdown as Gabon hit by post-election violence

Libreville - A media crackdown in Gabon left people on Sunday searching for loved ones aided mainly by rumour and hope, following days of violence since the announcement that President Ali Bongo had been re-elected.

Clashes leave two more dead in crisis-hit Gabon

Libreville - Two people died early Friday following overnight clashes in Gabon, witnesses said, raising to five the number killed in violence that erupted after President Ali Bongo was declared victor of a disputed election.

Five things to know about Gabon as post-vote violence flares

Libreville - One of Africa's largest oil producers and one of its wealthier nations, small lush Gabon is facing a wave of post-election violence after President Ali Bongo was declared the winner of disputed polls.

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

Libreville - 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.

Gabon opposition says two dead in post-election crackdown

Libreville - Gabon's opposition leader said security forces killed two people and hurt 19 in a raid against his headquarters Thursday, as violence erupted after President Ali Bongo was declared the winner of disputed polls.

Two killed at opposition HQ in post-election Gabon

Libreville - Two people were killed and more than a dozen injured as Gabon security forces stormed the opposition's headquarters early Thursday, as violence swept the capital after President Ali Bongo was declared the winner of contested polls.

Gabon opposition says two killed as security forces storm HQ

Libreville - Two people were killed and more than a dozen injured as Gabon security forces stormed the opposition's headquarters early Thursday after disputed polls, the party leader Jean Ping told AFP.

Gabon security forces attempt to storm opposition HQ

Libreville - 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).

Clashes as Gabon's Bongo narrowly wins re-election

Libreville - Gabon's president Ali Bongo was declared winner Wednesday of contested weekend elections, extending half-a-century of rule by the Bongo family which sparked clashes in the Central African nation.Protesters shouting "Ali must go!
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